About News Impact

What is News Impact?

News Impact offers free media innovation events and trainings. The programme is organised by the European Journalism Centre and powered by the Google News Initiative. We bring together international media experts and local news communities to focus on new technology, tools, and methods that can improve the way journalists cover their stories and work in the newsroom.

Technology is transforming media consumption, delivery, partnerships, ethics and experimentation. From mobile devices becoming a primary news source to the increased use of data in reporting, drastic changes in advertising revenue, and the rise of online video and live streams — each advance has presented as many opportunities as challenges.

News Impact Summits

The summits connect editors, newsroom managers, journalists, designers, developers, and J-school students with new ideas, tools, and methods. Each summit provides a full immersion into a specific topic through presentations, ignite talks, fireside chats, hands-on workshops, and other collaborative sessions.

News Impact Summits are free-of-charge and mostly organised in different European cities. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the summits are taking place online, live, on. These events provide an opportunity to meet, network, learn, and get inspired by other media professionals, startups, academics, as well as experts from other industries.

Since 2014, the European Journalism Centre and the Google News Initiative have organised 29 summits in 23 cities across 15 countries in Europe and the Middle East. The series has featured more than 330 speakers from leading media organisations including The Washington Post, the BBC, Spiegel Online, Le Monde, The New York Times, POLITICO, RaiNews24, ProPublica, Vox, ESPN, The Economist, Al-Jazeera, Condé Nast International and many others.

News Impact Academy

The News Impact Academy kicked off in 2017 to connect, support and train digital innovators from European newsrooms. This series of workshops offers participants the opportunity to unleash their creativity and learn new ways to face some of the most pressing challenges in the journalism industry. The goal is to provide journalists and editors-in-chief with the necessary leadership skills by connecting them with each other and giving them tools to scale their ideas. The News Impact Academy is currently taking a break.

More information at newsimpact.io/academy

News Impact Network

In 2018, News Impact added a new initiative to complement Summits and Academies: the News Impact Network. The programme has provided mentorship opportunities as well as a peer-to-peer support network to previous Academy participants. Selected members were organised in teams around a specific topic related to journalism innovation and engaged in a year-long conversation with the goal of approaching together potential solutions.


Ángela Pontes Rodriguez | @AngelaRoiue

Charlene Arsasemita | @carsasemita

Vera Penêda | @verapeneda

Any questions about News Impact? Contact us at info@newsimpact.io


Ejc Trans New

The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit that connects journalists with new ideas. It has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development since 1992.

Google News Initiative

We collaborate with the news industry to build a stronger future for journalism through products, partnerships and programs. The future of journalism depends on all of us working together. More at g.co/newsinitiative and discover our training centre at g.co/newstraining.