News Impact Summit - 4 March 2016

Milan

Covering Human Stories: Formats, Newsgathering and Storytelling

Covering Human Stories: Formats, Newsgathering and Storytelling

Following the successful editions in 2015, the News Impact Summit series will continue in 2016 to offer free-of-charge training workshops, expert debates, fireside chats, ignite talks and keynotes with leading editors, newsroom managers, journalists, designers and producers from all around the world.

On Friday 4 March 2016, the News Impact Summit is opening its 2016 edition in Milan, Italy (#NISMIL). This year’s first edition will be held at Spazio Eventi at Centro Svizzero (Address: Via Palestro 2, 20121 Milan, Italy) and will centre on the theme "Covering Human Stories: Formats, Newsgathering and Storytelling". The programme will feature various media experts from international and national media, and debate on a wide range of topics in relation to innovative storytelling formats, audience engagement through communication apps, digital research and social newsgathering techniques.

Co-organised by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Google News Lab, this one full-day free of charge public event will feature some of the best practices in covering complex and sensitive human stories on digital. Participants will have an opportunity to join the debate with the experts and network with high level international and national media representatives.. The programme will also offer skills training workshops on topics varying from Google Geo tools such as Maps, Earth and VR/360 to multimedia storytelling and digital strategies.

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for this free event open to all journalists, editors, newsroom managers, journalism trainers, J-school students, and media experts. The event will be in English with simultaneous interpretation in Italian.

Some of the topics we will be covering are:

  • What are the best digital formats for human-centered narratives?
  • What are the tools journalists can use to enhance digital storytelling? How can Google tools be best used?
  • How should we tell complex and sensitive stories in the most engaging way?
  • How should we use social media to find story leads, and involve the audience in our journalistic research?
  • What are the ethical issues to keep in mind in the digital newsgathering process?
  • How can new communication apps like Snapchat contribute to report critical stories such as migration crises in Europe?

Round up:

Programme

08:45 - 09:30
Registration
09:30 - 09:45
Opening Remarks
Simona Panseri
Google Italy
09:45 - 10:45
Panel: Digital Formats for Human Stories

In the digital age, journalists need to be creative in the way they tell stories, and it is even more challenging to tell stories about the victims of war and conflict. This session will feature best practice digital formats using data, (info)graphics, live-streaming apps, and debate best methods for covering sensitive, complex issues.

Valerio Bassan
Forbes Italy
Paul Ronzheimer
BILD-Zeitung
Nicola Bruno
Effecinque
Marc Ellison
Photo/Graphic Journalist
Luca Gaballo
RaiNews24
Emanuela Zuccalà
Author of UNCUT
10:45 – 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:00
Fireside Chat: Making Complex Stories Easy to Understand

What does digital storytelling mean to you? Is it just a nice visual story using data and infographics, or is there more to it? This session features The Washington Post and La Stampa, two leading international and Italian media houses to discuss strategic issues varying from decision making on visual formats to setting up a workflow to ensure smooth running of the production process.

Kat Downs Mulder
The Washington Post
Massimo Russo
GEDI Gruppo Editoriale
12:00 – 12:30
Keynote: Data, Graphics & Interactives – Al Jazeera’s Strategies

Al Jazeera has been spearheading its innovative approach for digital storytelling with graphics and interactives. What are their recent best practices using data and interactives? In this session, you will get to know the secrets behind Al Jazeera’s innovative digital stories from media’s leading senior producer.

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:15
Session 1: Geo Tools for Journalists: from Maps to Earth and VR/360 Storytelling, Immersive Ways of Telling a Story

[The session will be in Italian with an English interpretation/ Questa sessione si terrà in italiano]

How can you best incorporate the Google Geo tools such as Maps, Earth and Youtube 360° in your reporting? This session will showcase some of the best practices in using the Geo tools, along with tips and tricks on how these tools can enhance your digital stories.

Elisabetta Tola
Formicablu and Facta.eu
13:30 – 14:15
Session 2: Building your Reputation in Digital Environment (Crush Course)

[The session will be in Italian / Questa sessione si terrà in italiano]

Presentarsi, curare la propria immagine, costruire la fiducia. In un mondo in cui chiunque ha imparato a “googlare” i nostri nomi per informarsi su chi siamo e cosa facciamo, creare e consolidare la reputazione online è fondamentale. Ancora di più per i professionisti dell’informazione.

This session is supported by the Online News Association (ONA)

Barbara Sgarzi
Google News Lab
14:15 – 14:30
Break / Room Change
14:30 – 15:15
Session 3: A 140-year-old Start-Up: How Corriere della Sera is Using Data and Multimedia Coverage to Break the Future of Journalism

[The session will be in Italian with an English interpretation/ Questa sessione si terrà in italiano]

On January 27, 2016, Corriere della Sera - Italy’s most widely read newspaper – entered a whole new phase in its online edition. In order to offer its readership a wide range of compelling stories, narrated through engaging, digital native tools, it fully implemented a new set of digital formats – and is currently working on new ones. This session will focus on how a 140 year old outlet is embracing the digital era, and facing its challenges, by constantly experimenting new digital storytelling formats.

Davide Casati
Corriere della Sera
Andrea Marinelli
Corriere della Sera
Federica Seneghini
Corriere della Sera
14:30 – 15:15
Session 4: FOIA - The Right to Access Information

In Italy, in the absence of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for long time in its history, a law is now being discussed at the political level, which is a crucial and important step for journalists seeking to access information and data for their investigation and reporting. This session will cover access laws and tricks of the trade for obtaining data and public records in Italy.

Guido Romeo
Il Sole 24 Ore
15:15 – 15:30
Break / Room Change
15:30 – 16:00
Expert Session: Engaging Stories – BBC Panorama’s Snapchat Experiment

Video messaging apps like Snapchat are giving a new way to tell stories and engage with the audience. Late last year for the first time in its history, BBC News has used Snapchat to cover the refugee crisis in a mobile-only digital short documentary format. This session will provide insights and background on how the BBC team did it, and what they learned from the experiment.

Ravin Sampat
BBC Digital Current Affairs
16:00 – 17:00
Panel: Behind the Story – Newsgathering & Research

Sophisticated journalistic analysis, research and newsgathering are crucial for telling complex stories in an accurate manner. How can journalists use social media in their newsgathering and research process? What are the do’s and don’ts for carrying out global online investigation? This session will revisit the past (and present) events such as the Paris Attacks, migration crises, and organised crimes to debate how the experts carried out online research to report complex issues.

Charlie Beckett
London School of Economics (LSE)
Marina Petrillo
Open Migration
Giulio Rubino
Correct!v & IRPI
17:00 – 17:30
Closing Session
Rina Tsubaki
European Forest Institute
Mattia Peretti
European Journalism Centre

Venue

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Spazio Eventi, Centro Svizzero Milano

Confirmed Speakers

Kat Downs Mulder

The Washington Post

Mohammed Haddad

Al Jazeera

Ravin Sampat

BBC Digital Current Affairs

Elisabetta Tola

Formicablu and Facta.eu

Charlie Beckett

London School of Economics (LSE)

Massimo Russo

GEDI Gruppo Editoriale

Simona Panseri

Google Italy

Samuel Laurent

Le Monde

Paul Ronzheimer

BILD-Zeitung

Valerio Bassan

Forbes Italy

Marina Petrillo

Open Migration

Marc Ellison

Photo/Graphic Journalist

Guido Romeo

Il Sole 24 Ore

Emanuela Zuccalà

Author of UNCUT

Giulio Rubino

Correct!v & IRPI

Davide Casati

Corriere della Sera

Federica Seneghini

Corriere della Sera

Andrea Marinelli

Corriere della Sera

Luca Gaballo

RaiNews24

Barbara Sgarzi

Google News Lab

Nicola Bruno

Effecinque

Rina Tsubaki

European Forest Institute

Mattia Peretti

European Journalism Centre
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