News Impact Summit - 3 December 2018

Berlin

Journalism Reloaded: the Network Effect

Journalism Reloaded: the Network Effect

On Monday 3 December, the News Impact Summit comes back to Berlin!

After a successful edition in 2016, the German capital city will host this time the last Summit of 2018. The focus of the day will be on leadership, organisational culture and innovation, and the title will be: Journalism Reloaded: the Network Effect.

The free-to-join event is organised by the European Journalism Centre and powered by the Google News Initiative. The Summit will take place in the beautiful riverside spaces of the Spreespeicher and will wrap-up the fourth year of News Impact activities.

A wide array of German and international speakers will come to Berlin, to explore how the profession is changing. The programme will offer a deep dive into challenges and best practices around new positive styles of newsroom leadership and changing organisational culture. We will talk about team management, bridge roles, mentorship opportunities, and much more.

The Summit will bring together leading editors, journalists and experts from across Germany and beyond, including speakers from WELT and ZEIT Online, Kinzen, Reuters, Spiegel Online, CNN International, de Volkskrant, eldiario.es, and many more.

The programme will include inspirational talks and dynamic conversations, along with networking opportunities to meet and learn from local and international media experts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join the debate during breakout sessions that will facilitate participation and foster collaboration around some of the key areas that will shape the future of news in years to come.

Sign up now for this FREE event to secure your seat. We welcome all curious minds who want to be part of the future of digital journalism!

Some of the topics we will be covering are:

  • What does it mean to be a journalist today?
  • How are newsroom structures changing to adapt to a digital-first environment?
  • What makes for a good leader and what can we learn from innovative leadership styles outside of the media industry?
  • Which are the new roles that forward-thinking newsrooms are creating to bridge the gap between departments?
  • How can we build trust with our audiences and within our organisations?
  • What are the keys to be able to implement a positive cultural change in the newsroom?
  • ...and much more.

Programme

09:00 -- 09:45
Registrations & Good Morning Coffee
09:45 -- 10:00
Welcome Remarks & Intro to the Programme
Adam Thomas
European Journalism Centre
Isabelle Sonnenfeld
Google News Lab
10:00 -- 10:30
Notes on Mentorship and the Power of the Community

Change starts with people. This is something too often overlooked in a newsroom transformation process. Reloading journalism must happen with a new commitment to improve the working conditions of the people who make up our newsrooms. Change also starts with listening to our readers. In this talk and conversation, we will discuss the role of empathy in the workplace and why embracing the community can help drive innovation.

Teresa Bücker
Freelancer
Isabelle Sonnenfeld
Google News Lab
10:30 -- 11:00
A Bird’s-Eye View on Change and Leadership Challenges across the Industry

Leading an organisation through a constantly changing media environment is no easy feat. But it’s also the new reality that many newsroom managers have to grapple with on a daily basis. In this conversation, Anita and Blathnaid will share insights from their own experience and talk about their approach to innovation, team management, hiring processes and much more.

Anita Zielina
Newmark J-School at CUNY
Austria
Blathnaid Healy
CNN Digital International
Adam Thomas
European Journalism Centre
11:00 -- 11:30
Coffee Break & Networking
11:30 -- 12:00
Brave New Work: Insights from Google

Work consumes at least one-third of our lives, and half of our waking hours. It can and ought to be more than a means to an end. We know from research that there are a few important aspects that will improve the work life of people. Some of these aspects are connected to understanding the impact of our work, feeling empowered and having a high degree of flexibility. Addressing these needs is a promising path in securing the best talent and allowing them to learn and grow over the long term.

12:00 -- 12:10
How We Got 36.000 People to Meet with a Stranger and Talk about Politics – for Hours

My Country Talks is an international project initiated by ZEIT ONLINE that facilitates one-on-one discussions between people who live close together but hold different political opinions – a political Tinder, if you like, to overcome polarisation in society. Sebastian will tell us how the platform was used in Germany, Switzerland and Austria this year and what are the next steps.

Sebastian Horn
ZEIT Online
12:10 -- 13:00
Innovation Needs a Network to Thrive

“A support scheme for future media leaders and catalyst for innovative ideas.” This is how the News Impact Network was introduced earlier this year. In this panel, four members of this new programme will share some of the things they have learned from each other and from the experts they met along the way, around leadership, newsroom transformation, and community engagement.

Esther Alonso
eldiario.es
Kustaw Bessems
de Volkskrant
Alex Entwistle
BBC Radio 5 Live
Rachel Hamada
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
UK
Mattia Peretti
European Journalism Centre
13:00 -- 14:00
Networking Lunch
14:00 -- 15:15
The News Impact Network Takeover

One hour of conversations, networking activities and lightning talks managed by the members of the News Impact Network. In each of the three breakout sessions, you will hear and discuss the recipes for success that the Network members have put together as a result of this year of collaboration: from building cross-functional teams to embracing a user-centred approach, from building a meaningful relationship with your members to the importance of giving your team a break. Pick your topic, enjoy the dining experience and take part in the conversation.

15:15 -- 15:45
Coffee Break & Networking
15:45 -- 15:55
The Potential of Collaboration to Accelerate News Product

You want to build the best news products for your audience, but resources are stretched and you are being pulled in every direction. You want to be bold and innovative but simply cannot afford to make mistakes. This is the case for creating a community of product people for journalism, where knowledge sharing and collaboration helps us take action and accelerate progress.

Jassim Ahmad
Harvard University
15:55 -- 16:30
Bridge Roles Are Here to Stay. Here’s Why Your Newsroom Needs Them

Global Head of Multimedia, Director of Digital Innovation, Head of Digital Delivery: Jane’s, Niddal’s, and Robin’s job titles embody a trend that has led newsrooms to create completely new roles in recent years to bridge the gap across skill-sets and departments. In this conversation, they will tell us more about their bridge roles and how their companies are benefiting from them.

16:30 -- 17:00
Starting Again and Building a Company Based on Trust

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Starting from this simple but powerful question, Áine will wrap up the day by helping us reflect on how journalism can reload itself around trust, purpose, and a commitment to experimentation and entrepreneurship.

17:00 -- 18:00
End of the Programme & Networking Cocktail

Venue

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Spreespeicher

Confirmed Speakers

Áine Kerr

Kinzen

Anita Zielina

Newmark J-School at CUNY
Austria

Robin Kwong

Financial Times

Jane Barrett

Reuters

Sebastian Horn

ZEIT Online

Teresa Bücker

Freelancer

Isabelle Sonnenfeld

Google News Lab

Blathnaid Healy

CNN Digital International

Jassim Ahmad

Harvard University

Adam Thomas

European Journalism Centre

Zuzanna Ziomecka

NewsMavens

Christina Elmer

Spiegel Online

Alex Entwistle

BBC Radio 5 Live

Gayatri Parameswaran

NowHere Media

Dávid Tvrdoň

SME.sk
Slovakia

Eliza Anyangwe

The Nzinga Effect / The Bureau Local

John Crowley

Digital Journalist & Consultant

Anu Ubaud

Helsingin Sanomat

Esra Doğramacı

Digital Strategist & Editor

Kustaw Bessems

de Volkskrant

Andrea Iannuzzi

La Repubblica

Esther Alonso

eldiario.es

András Pethő

Direkt36

Lies Lecomte

De Standaard

Rachel Hamada

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
UK

Mattia Peretti

European Journalism Centre