Our 2019 challenges: Voice, Visual Journalism and Verification

Next year, our profession will have to overcome a VVV challenge. We value your help in shaping the upcoming GEN Summit to be held in Athens (13–15 June 2019), so please reach out to us if you have any suggestions for speakers, sessions and new formats of interaction with the audience.

Bertrand Pecquerie
Sep 20, 2018 · 6 min read
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See you mid-June 2019 at the ninth GEN Summit!

What can we expect for June 2019? What cannot be missed by you, GEN friends, editors-in-chief, media innovators, professors of journalism, or senior news executives?

After several missions in Europe and the US (not yet in Asia this year), I believe that our profession will have to overcome a VVV challenge: Voice, Visual Journalism and Verification.

  1. Visual journalism - and video - will be our second challenge. Kevin Delaney, Quartz editor, said that we’re entering ‘the golden age of video journalism’, an idea that I am taking very seriously, even if the “pivot to video” strategy failed for some media organisations. It means YouTube videos will lose their current monopoly in the upcoming years. Think about the new wave of live events, anticipate news shows on Facebook Watch and very soon on Netflix, imagine new formats based on vertical or square videos on Snap and Instagram. 2019 will be the year of new storytelling methods based on a real integration of texts, sounds, videos and data-vizs. New software will help us to conceive new ways of telling stories, as well as AR experiments on your smartphones or new devices such as smart glasses or smart watches.
  2. Verification will be the third challenge. Journalists will continue to fight misinformation, propaganda, and rumours, especially as disputed general elections are coming up in several countries in the coming year. This without forgeting the European elections at the end of May, three weeks before our Athens conference. Rather than just producing news, journalists must today verify and control what happens on social media and closed messaging apps. At the GEN Summit, verification will not be limited to fact-checking, it will have a broader sense because the accumulation of fake news is undermining our democracies and is distracting citizens to vote and to defend democratic values.
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Photos from the GEN Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal

We are proud to announce our keynote speakers:

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  • John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg
  • Amy Webb, Futurist & Founder of the Future Today Institute

We also welcome our first confirmed lecturers, speakers and moderators:

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  • Rasmus Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  • Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler
  • Jim Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, Cheddar
  • The tokenisation of news: can blockchain help journalism?
  • Towards the first automated newsrooms
  • Why news apps work so well (for the user and the publisher)
  • From Messaging apps to conversational journalism
  • Personalisation versus Privacy
  • How to schedule alerts and push notifications
  • More podcasts with more smart speakers?
  • How to monetise live-streamed news shows
  • Time to regulate platforms?
  • AI for small newsrooms
  • The future of cloud journalism (collaboration, security, etc)
  • The impact of audience fragmentation
  • Will non-profit news organisations and member-funded journalism overtake for-profit legacy media
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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) was the worldwide…

Bertrand Pecquerie

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Founder of the Global Editors Network, the worldwide association for editors-in-chief (2011–2019)

Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) was the worldwide association of editors-in-chief founded in 2011. It ceased its activities in November 2019 due to lack of sustainable finances.

Bertrand Pecquerie

Written by

Founder of the Global Editors Network, the worldwide association for editors-in-chief (2011–2019)

Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) was the worldwide association of editors-in-chief founded in 2011. It ceased its activities in November 2019 due to lack of sustainable finances.

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