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Global Editors Network Summit – #GENSummit 2015

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Jun-17 11:05 AM

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We'll be including select tweets and related articles on AnswerStage during this year's Global Editors Network summit in Barcelona. There's also a live blog available through the GENSummit site: http://www.globaleditorsnetwork.org/programmes/gen-summit-2015/
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Jun-17 11:21 AM

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The fifth annual GEN Summit, 'Prototyping the Future of News', is being held in Barcelona June 17th through 19th. The GEN Summit brings together the brightest minds in the industry to discuss and challenge the future of media. Here are some highlighted topics: Wearable News and Augmented Reality Journalism, Bitcoins and the One-Cent Article, The Data-Driven Newsroom: How to Implement? How to monetize? and How can a newsroom adapt to the growth in mobile?
Jun-17 11:30 AM

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Jun-17 11:30 AM

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The GEN Board elected @peterbale today as the new president of Global Editors Network.
Jun-17 11:32 AM

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Jun-17 11:32 AM

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@sstrasser But are smart watches really a viable conduit for any news other than breaking headlines?
Jun-17 11:59 AM

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Jun-17 11:59 AM

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Isn't that like saying that US media is obsessed with covering costs related to creating good journalism? Without an obsession around building new ad techniques, media as a business will disappear. Figuring out how to continue to make the ad-supported model work seems like the most important type of innovation.
Jun-17 12:14 PM

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Jun-17 12:14 PM

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@albamoraroca Agree. Seems like the promises of "immersive storytelling" via VR are a being oversold. It's hard to imagine VR being much better than a well edited video of "real reality." VR will be great for simulations and illustrations, but to get a true sense of place, video will continue to be the go-to medium.
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Jun-17 12:17 PM

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Well said.
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Jun-17 12:25 PM

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Jun-17 12:25 PM

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@CamillaBath seriously think about what you're saying — journalism isn't about creating an illusion. It's about reality — unless it's sensationalist TV in which case, it's entertainment rather than journalism. So, sorry, but VR can help illustrate things like the underground path the escapees took out of prison in upstate NY, but it's not going to be the way that true journalists create a sense of presence.
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Jun-17 12:29 PM

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Watch this video for a better understanding of efforts to use VR for journalism.
Jun-17 12:29 PM

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Jun-17 12:55 PM

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@webjournalist Well said.
Jun-17 12:55 PM

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Jun-17 3:20 PM

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Great to see these innovative new companies showcased by GEN. Some of these companies will fade but others will flourish. This is the type of experimentation that all media organizations need to embrace.
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Jun-18 7:19 AM

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The following tweets and comments are from Day 1 of the conference (June 17th).
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Jun-18 7:22 AM

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Translation seems to be that social media is an integral part of media and needs to shaped with the overall story.
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Jun-18 7:32 AM

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Jun-18 7:32 AM

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Grim stats for sure and yet expert advice says think "mobile first" and an app has been the best way to provide a consistent experience on a phone. Having an HTML5/responsive site is the compromise that most publishers reach (and a must-have requirement these days).
Jun-18 7:43 AM

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Jun-18 7:43 AM

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Definitely the right priority, although the form factor of different devices — e.g. watches — dictates different ways to break news into consumable pieces. Yesterday's term was "glance journalism."
Jun-18 7:51 AM

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Jun-18 7:51 AM

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Not just startups, but innovation labs within established companies and committing funds to R&D and experimental techniques.
Jun-18 7:59 AM

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Jun-18 7:59 AM

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@localworldmedia It's not "instead of" — it's in addition to. Content fosters community which fosters content. This is hardly agony. It's conversation and the fundamental way that humans interact. Why is it so hard to think of journalism as a circle rather than a conveyor belt?
Jun-18 8:02 AM

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Jun-18 9:32 AM

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Jun-18 9:32 AM

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Key excerpt from @journalismnews : The study showed a decrease in the number of people watching scheduled TV bulletins and programmes both in the US and the UK, particularly in the case of younger people who can now access live-streaming apps like Periscope for behind the scenes content. In the US, 31 per cent of people under 45 now watch a scheduled TV bulletin, down 11 per cent since 2013 – and the UK follows suit with 46 per cent, down 10 per cent since 2013.
Jun-18 9:34 AM

Jun-18 9:41 AM

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Jun-18 9:41 AM

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@anto_l perhaps "manifold" and "conduit" are better terms than CMS. We've moved beyond content management into curation, commentary, and annotation — all in real-time.
Jun-18 9:44 AM

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Jun-18 9:44 AM

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@Sstrasser and yet many major news sites cluster Taboola links at the bottom of their stories. What's worse- sponsored stories or sponsored links? If done well, the former will generate more revenue.
Jun-18 9:45 AM

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Jun-18 9:55 AM

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Jun-18 9:55 AM

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The short answer is no. In fact, engagement is often highest for non-quality content e.g. "Crowd gathers to see what they think is a giant squid washed ashore in Santa Monica". (Fabricated or deliberately misconstrued – but it gets clicks and freakshow-curious readers).
Jun-18 1:04 PM

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Jun-18 1:12 PM

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Jun-18 1:12 PM

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And journalists who understand programming – what's possible with digital tools — are worth a lot too.
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Jun-18 1:17 PM

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Bookmark this post/preso by @webjournalist. Important points about r/evolution of the newsroom.
Jun-18 1:17 PM

Jun-18 1:30 PM

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Jun-18 1:30 PM

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Roadmaps aren't bad; inflexibility is. Companies need to have a planned route, but be ready to a calculate a new route at regular intervals. Test assess. Test assess. That's the standard of technical innovation.
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Re: Drones via @peterbale — They are a huge opportunity for journalism — imagine aerial shots suspended over Tiananmen Square. And yet, what a mess it would be to have "eyes in the sky" from thousands of reporters. The opportunity will be tough to realize given the complexity of managing logistics and human reaction/privacy. This is going to take a while to sort out.
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Re: "radio as cinematic journalism" via @jamcnn Makes me think of people describing "NPR moments" when they sit in their car to finish a particularly riveting segment.
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Re "Robo journalism" via @wibbitz The concept sounds scary at first, but structured events such as games, interviews, financial reports make sense to automate. Humans should add color and context, not simply compile data. The two will likely mesh to form a more automated & human system.
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@michaelbolden Great question. It seems that headline writers — sometimes better described as link baiters — are winning this battle. It will be interesting to see if @storyful and others can help surface stuff really worth reading.
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