News Impact Summit - 13 December 2016

Amsterdam

Emotions and Digital Storytelling

Emotions and Digital Storytelling


The News Impact Summit is coming back to Amsterdam on Tuesday 13 December 2016!

The Amsterdam edition this year is our final summit in 2016, and will focus on the theme: "Emotions and Digital Storytelling". We will be covering various aspects of gaming, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, interactives and photography at the intersection of emotion and storytelling. The summit is free-of-charge for 200+ editors, newsroom managers, journalists, photographers, technologists, designers and J-school students and will be held at de Nieuwe Liefde (Address: Da Costakade 102, 1053 WP Amsterdam)

Organised by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Google News Lab, this one day free-of-charge public event will bring together leading editors, journalists and experts who are spearheading innovation in digital journalism and storytelling at major media outlets such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post, ESPN, MSNBC, VPRO, and de Volkskrant. Participants will have an opportunity to join the debate with the experts and attend the skills training workshops.

Sign up now for this free event open to all journalists, editors, newsroom managers, developers, designers, and J-school students. We welcome any creative minds who are/want to become part of the future of digital journalism.

Some of the topics we will be covering are:

  • Are we witnessing the evolution of storytelling in video games? What are the future possibilities, and how journalism can embrace the technological development evolving in the gaming industry?
  • How do people's emotions change through interactive stories? How about VR and 360 videos? Will Mixed Reality (MR) be the next new thing in journalism?
  • How should journalists deal with empathy & objectivity in telling stories? What should we know about the role of emotions in the digital environment?
  • What are the tip for writing compelling op-ed in the digital age?
  • How should one deal with fact-checking and verification when investigating the stories with social impact?
  • Do more interactive, narrative stories lead actions and result impact on our society?

Programme

08:30-09:30
Registration & "Good Morning" Coffee
09:30-10:00
Opening Remarks


Adam Thomas
European Journalism Centre
Matt Cooke
Google News Lab
UK
10:00-10:45
Panel - Are We There Yet? Never Ending Potentials of Gaming & Storytelling

The game industry has come a long way since video game has become mainstream in the 1980s. From the Legend of Zelda to World of Warcraft, and now VR game consoles rolling out, there are many advances in the way games tell stories. What types of games have potential in telling engaging stories? Where is technology taking us? We will look at some of the recent examples of games and discuss the role that emotion and technology play in game storytelling.

Latoya Peterson
The Undefeated, ESPN
Angie Smets
Guerrilla Games
Jan Meijroos
Power Unlimited
Rina Tsubaki
European Forest Institute
10:45-11:15
Expert Talk - Going Beyond Raising Awareness: How Immersive Stories Drive Action

Do VR and 360 videos actually have an emotional impact on viewers? Can immersive storytelling really change the way we feel about the key issue happening in our society? The Huffington Post's RYOT has been reporting humanitarian crises and social issues all around the world through innovative 360 videos and VR with its mission to bring the issues closer to the audience.

Jessica Lauretti
The Huffington Post
11:15-11:45
Break + Room Change
11:45-12:30
Breakout Session 1 - Google News Lab: Immersive Storytelling

Discover the tools that can help journalists convey news stories to audiences looking to interact and explore. This session will showcase the tools and provide examples from across the world.

Matt Cooke
Google News Lab
UK
11:45-12:30
Breakout Session 2 - How to Write a Compelling Op-Ed

What makes an op-ed effective? This session led by Jonathan Stein, the Managing Editor of Project Syndicate that has provided readers with original, engaging, and thought-provoking commentaries by the world's leading economists, political analysts, statesmen, scientists, and activists will explore strategies for crafting and presenting authoritative commentaries, boosting readership, and increasing audience engagement.

Jonathan Stein
Project Syndicate
12:30-13:20
Lunch
13:20-14:00
Keynote Interview - Digital Transformation and the Next Big Thing

Aron Pilhofer has been on the frontline of newsroom innovation and evolutions over his 20 years of journalism career. After his time at The New York Times and The Guardian, he is moving back to the US for his new role as the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. This keynote interview will cover his perspectives on the future of digital transformation in today's journalism, and discuss the future story formats, workflows, skill sets and education.

Aron Pilhofer
Temple University
Adam Thomas
European Journalism Centre
14:00-14:30
Virtual Reality - Reimagining the Documentary

Earlier this year, the Guardian released its first VR story that places the viewer inside a US solitary confinement prison cell. Complex, sensitive and often emotional stories can be told in a more immersive way thanks to new technologies, and there is no difference for documentaries. What does VR mean for documentaries? What has The Guardian learned along the way in producing 6x9 Solitary Confinement? Lindsay will share her view on way VR is an interesting medium and what the next steps are for The Guardian.

Lindsay Poulton
The Guardian
14:30-14:45
Lightning Talk - Data About Yourself - What We Learned from “We Are Data”

The human brain is filled with perception, cognitive, and social biases. There are lots of hidden information and even emotions about ourselves that we do not even realised to have. VPRO, the Dutch public broadcaster is levelling up to open the debate about data and privacy with their audience through an interactive "Mirror Room" where one goes through "mixed reality" experience to rediscover him/herself.

14:45-15:00
Break + Room Change
15:00-15:30
Breakout Session 3 - Investigative Stories Touch Peoples' Heart. So Don’t Fool Your Audience

Investigative reporting holds power in different sectors whether it is government or business accountable. Especially facts need to be proved and verified in investigative stories. SVT, the Swedish Television Broadcaster, has developed a guideline and workflow to ensure their leads are accurate. This session covers how SVT's investigation team deals with day-to-day verification and fact-checking for their investigation.

Nils Hanson
Sveriges Television (SVT)
15:00-15:30
Breakout Session 4 - Hands-on: Unlocking the True Potential of Social Video

What metrics matter for social video? What does success with social video look like? This session will reveal exclusive social engagement benchmarks for Facebook video, drawn from Wochit's network of leading media partners. We'll look at some of the best examples of social video from the Wochit partners, and see exactly how brands including Gruppo Espresso, CBS, Time Inc, and El Mundo use Wochit to make social video.

15:30-15:40
Break + Room Change
15:40-15:50
Lightning Talk - From Dating Apps to Casanova Otter - Kijk Verder’s Stories

Kijk Verder, an online-only special feature by de Volkskrant, a Dutch national daily has been experimenting new story formats to captivate their online readers through interactive, multimedia stories. Probably the most internationally known example is their Donald Trump Votewiser that was covered by a number of international media houses. What are their next new editorial strategies? Kustaw will take you on a quick tour of the recent projects they've worked on and share his views on the next steps.

Kustaw Bessems
de Volkskrant
15:50-16:30
Conversation - Pain, Distress & Hardship Through the Lens

Don McCullin, a British photojournalist once said "photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” What is the role of photography in the digital age and how painful human stories can be told through photography in an digital environment? This session will feature two experienced photojournalism experts to discuss how they approach complex stories through the lens.

16:30-17:15
Panel - Empathy & Objectivity: What Role Does Emotion Have in Today's Digital Journalism?

Is objectivity at stake when our emotions are involved? What is the best way to approach complex human stories and how should we tell them in an online environment? This final session will discuss the role of emotions in today's digital journalism, and in which way journalists should tell stories that have impact on people's lives and societies.

*** This session is co-organised by Journalism Grants

Marc Ellison
Photo/Graphic Journalist
Rossalyn Warren
BuzzFeed News
Paul Myles
On Our Radar
Mark Deuze
University of Amsterdam
17:15
Wrap-up & End of Summit Programme

Venue

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De Nieuwe Liefde

Confirmed Speakers

Aron Pilhofer

Temple University

Jessica Lauretti

The Huffington Post

Latoya Peterson

The Undefeated, ESPN

Matt Cooke

Google News Lab
UK

Lindsay Poulton

The Guardian

Nils Hanson

Sveriges Television (SVT)

Adam Thomas

European Journalism Centre

Angie Smets

Guerrilla Games

Kustaw Bessems

de Volkskrant

Jonathan Stein

Project Syndicate

Jan Meijroos

Power Unlimited

Rossalyn Warren

BuzzFeed News

Mark Deuze

University of Amsterdam

Marc Ellison

Photo/Graphic Journalist

Rina Tsubaki

European Forest Institute

Paul Myles

On Our Radar

Mattia Peretti

European Journalism Centre
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