GEN Conference

The Online News Association is partnering with the Global Editors Network in presenting custom sessions at

Global News Summit 2013: Hack the Newsroom! (#GEN2013)

June 19-21, 2013

(Hotel de Ville, 5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris)

Registration is open to all ONA members, who will receive generous GEN member discounts. Sign up early to reserve your spot among global editors, media decision makers and news professionals. GEN’s special sessions include an Editors’ Lab International Hackathon, the Data Journalism Awards and the Drone Journalism Bootcamp.

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ONA Paris Workshops: Disrupting the Newsroom

There’s an art to disruption, and ONA’s six custom workshops over two days of the GEN Global News Summit conference will feature industry experts giving you the tools and strategies you need to help seed, encourage and implement experimentation and start-up culture in your digital newsroom.

Thursday and Friday, June 20-21, 2013
Auditorium & Salle de l’Executif (Level -1)


Designing Digital Newsrooms

Thursday, June 20, 2013
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workflow and tools have changed dramatically for digital production. Choosing the right CMS can become the defining factor of your newsroom workflow. From editorial strategy to project management, training needs and culture change, you’ll learn the art and strategies to build the foundation of a modern 24/7, integrated newsroom.

Speaker: Anjali Mullany, Social Media Editor, Fast Company 
Steve Herrmann, Editor, BBC, GEN board member

Disrupting the Newsroom

Thursday, June 20, 2013
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Emerging tools, techniques and strategies are a boon to newsrooms, but the experimentation and innovation they bring can come at a cost — and no small element of risk. The rise of start-up culture has great lessons for a shifting newsroom strategy requiring contained, agile and responsive solutions. From experimentation design to project management tools, learn the new art of disruption.

Speaker: Shazna Nessa, Deputy Managing Editor, AP

Rise of the Data Movement: Visual Storytelling

Thursday, June 20, 2013
3:30 – 5 p.m.

With the rise of the transparency movement, data has never been more accessible, opening up unlimited possibilities for information-gathering and storytelling. But the best data visualizations may not be front and center on your site. Learn the power of embedding data visualization to drive reporting direction and explore strategies and tools to tell better stories with data.

Speakers: Joshua Hatch, Senior Editor, Data and Interactives,
Chronicle of Higher Education

Fast Track Video

Friday, June 21, 2013
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Digital video production demands new workflows, tools and techniques for quick, effective storytelling. In this hands-on workshop, learn the best and latest techniques, from the BBC five-shot method to shooting sequences and fast-production techniques and uploading. Hear about the multimedia tools and tips used by journalists working as foreign correspondents and solo reporting teams in adverse fields with little or no time to budget. Walk away with new strategies, checklists and tools so that anyone with an iPhone, XDCAM or a RED camera can improve their video content.

Speaker: Lam Thuy Vo, NPR’s Planet Money

Social Strategy: #gettingitright

Friday, June 21, 2013
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Thanks to the power of social platforms, newsrooms often are not the first to break news, and when they do, verification and curation have been critical to the successful use of social platforms as a reporting tool. Learn key techniques in devising your newsroom’s social strategy and guidelines and insights on the best and worst practices.

Speaker: Niketa Patel, Director of Content, RebelMouse

Design Is How It Works

Friday, June 21, 2013
3:30 – 5 p.m.

“It’s not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs. Companies like Apple and IDEO have demonstrated the role that design thinking plays in the creation of revolutionary, game-changing products. Yet even in 2013, news design is experiencing a great stagnation; too often, our products and platforms feel more like 2006. Learn strategies to show how design thinking can actually create efficiencies in a product development process that will always be strapped for time.

Speaker: Dave Wright, Digital Media Design Director, NPR