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News Impact Summit Amsterdam

Remixing Journalism Formats, Technology & Design

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  1. Amsterdam is famous for canals and bicycles - but more importantly, it is a city of innovation and creativity, home to many designers, technologists and media startups. On Friday 30 October, the city of Amsterdam gathered 260+ journalists, editors, newsroom and design managers, J-school professors and students at the News Impact Summit Amsterdam (#NISAMS). Organised by the European Journalism Centre and the Google News Lab, it was the seventh summit in the series and focused on the theme "Remixing Journalism Formats, Technology and Design".
  2. Many speakers with diverse backgrounds – varying from design and creative directors to editors-in-chief, tool makers and online chiefs – joined the event and shared with the audience their professional experiences with impactful news design and formats.
  3. Speakers:
    – Tyson Evans, Editor for Newsroom Strategy, The New York Times
    – Micah Gelman, Director of Editorial Video, The Washington Post
    – Daniel Newman,
    Deputy Creative Director, NPR
    – Ryan Mark, Director of News Engineering, Vox Media
    – Libby Bawcombe, Senior Visual Product Designer, NPR
    – Lara Ankersmit, Head of Digital, NOS
    – Corinne van Duin, Editor-in-chief of Volkskrant Magazine, de Volkskrant
    – Wieland van Dijk, Chef Online, NRC Handelsblad
    – Haika Hinze, Art Director, Die Zeit
    Geert-Jan Bogaerts, Head of Digital Media, VPRO
    – Matt Cooke, European Lead, Google News Lab
    – René van Zanten, General Director, Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek
    – Margo Smit, Investigative journalist and Ombudsman, NOS
    – Gert-Jaap Hoekman, Editor-in-chief, Nu.nl
    Jelle Kamsma, Co-Founder, LocalFocus
    – Yordi Dam, Designer, LocalFocus
    – Erik Willems, Developer, LocalFocus
    – Frédérik Ruys, Data Journalist for ‘Netherlands from Above’, VPRO
    – Jurian Baas, Community Manager, Silk
    – Alice Corona, Data Journalist, Silk
    – Caspar Egas, Data Journalist, Silk
    – Nienke Huitenga, Founder, Hackastory
    – Piet Bakker, Lecturer Mass Media & Digitalisation, Hogeschool Utrecht
    – Wilfried Ruetten, Director, European Journalism Centre
    – Rina Tsubaki, European Journalism Centre
    Maaike Goslinga, European Journalism Centre
  4. Sessions:
  5. OPENING REMARKS

    The NISAMS was welcomed by the European Journalism Centre's Director Wilfried Ruetten and the Europe Lead of Google News Lab, Matt Cooke (@mattcooke_uk). Google News Lab is expanding its activities all over the world and specifically in Europe, where they recently announced the Digital News Initiative to "support high quality journalism and encourage a more sustainable news ecosystem through technology and innovation." One of the key projects that Google News Lab has been running is this News Impact Summit series, in partnership with our organisation, the EJC in the Netherlands.
  6. The News Impact Summits, while all dealing with the future of journalism and the digital newsroom, all carry a specific focus. For NIS Amsterdam this emphasis was placed on development and design of digital and interactive story formats, tools and platforms.
  7. PANEL DEBATE 1: SLICK NEW STORY FORMATS - WHAT'S WORKING?

    This panel brought together experts of digital content strategies from several major, international and Dutch media outlets. With the moderation by professor Piet Bakker (@PieterBakker) they discussed the best formats to improve the way we tell stories. To set the tone, Bakker took us through a retrospective of the recent changes in technology, digital communications and journalism.
  8. While it cannot be denied that digitalisation has created opportunities to tell stories in interactive formats, identifying the best way to actually engage the audience can be difficult. When do you opt for video or interactives? Before such questions were answered in more detail, the panelists were asked to introduce themselves and their respective outlets. There was Micah Gelman, Director of Editorial Video at the Washington Post – indeed, a newspaper heavily dabbling in video production:
  9. Wieland van Dijk (@wieland), Chef Online at the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, discussed the medium's efforts of turning toward interactives and online journalism. An important insight he shared was that the use of graphics needn't (or maybe shouldn't) be saved for elaborate interactive online content only.
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