This is a special edition of the GEN newsletter:

The Global Editors Network just closed the ninth GEN Summit from 13-15 June at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. We brought together 700 editors-in-chief, senior news executives, start up CEOs,  journalists and academics to discuss 'The VVV Challenge: Voice, Visual Journalism & Verification', and more.

We've been producing daily newsletters to keep you up-to-date, and before we do a recap of all three days, here are some key takeaways from Day 3:
  • AI can empower journalists through transcription accuracy and scalable interviews, which would collect comprehensive feedback on complex issues to help people 'build accurate models of the world'. This is according to Krishna Bharat, the Founder of Google News. For John Micklethwait too 'the need for AI in Bloomberg has less to do with saving money, and more to do with being able to cover far more companies than we could before, and to do it in a broader way.' Some words of caution from Lisa Gibbs, Director of News Partnerships at the Associated Press: 'The technology allows us to do amazing things. Just because we can, does not mean we should. Anything we do must fit into the principles and values of the organization'.
  • Women’s underrepresentation in newsrooms is not just about gender inequality — it is also about quality journalism. This is why Ros Atkins, BBC Anchor, proposed to create the BBC 50:50 project, which is already yielding positive results. His lesson learned is that instead of trying to persuade people, one should simply work with those who want to make a change. For the prominent Indian investigative journalist Rana Ayyub, 50:50 is not yet possible in many parts of the world. As much as it is frustrating to deal with misogyny, "with time you learn that good work will always be rewarded by the audience".
  • Journalists are not media literate by default. 'We need to work out how journalists will transform large amounts of data into meaningful content and they need to be conscious about how this content will be used to as an educational tool for the audience', says Nikos Panagiotou, Assistant Professor from the Aristotle University. Paul Quigley, CEO at NewsWhip also calls for the extra step - the media needs to not only verify, but also provide the much-needed context. Finally, media itself needs to facilitate media literacy for the public. 'Transparency is very important for media literacy. Demystifying the process is core to quality journalism, we have to regain the lost trust', explains Angie Pitt, Project Director of NewsWise at the Guardian Foundation.  Learn more about GEN's prototypes for the Media Literacy Toolkit!
  • AR/VR will soon be massified and the media needs to take heed. Facebook, Google and Amazon are already investing in the technology, and journalists should be early birds and learn this technological language. According to Dan Pacheco, XR consultant and Professor at Syracuse University: "immersive journalism opens up doors to new opportunities that will give us further meaning and better context so we can understand some things better. It is very important for every journalist to learn how to create stories that are spatial. Spatial computing is the future'.
Make sure you follow us on YoutubeTwitter, Instagram or Facebook and check out our interactive videos with automated transcription, powered by Trint, on the GEN Summit website.

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2019 in a nutshell

Not enough people are paying for online news and even when they do, it is usually only for one publication. Trust in the news continues to fall, with complaints about negativity overload. There is also a change in the use of platforms, with users spending less time on Facebook and turning increasingly to Instagram, YouTube and WhatsApp. Finally, Podcasts seem to be striking a chord with consumers, especially among youth.
Proud to partner with Trint to offer you interactive videos with automated transcription! We'll be adding more transcripts soon on the GEN Summit website - stay tuned!

Katharine Viner's 6 principles for The Guardian

1. Develop ideas and positive solutions, not just critiques 
2. Engage in greater collaboration with media across the world
3. Make sure everything that is published matters to the audience 
4. Engage in 'forensic reporting' and report fairly on people as well as power
5. Make journalism more diverse and inclusive - reach out to affected communities and let them tell their own stories
6. Experiment with membership models and embed it in your strategy; clearly articulate your purpose and impact in the world.
Take note!
  • We'll soon be collecting feedback from the GEN Summit 2019 participants - please contribute and help us make the next summit better!
  • We've already uploaded most main stage sessions on our youtube channel - keep an eye on it as we update further!
  • Did you already publish an article about the GEN Summit 2019? Please share it with us!

What else happened?
Discover the 12 winners of the Data Journalism Awards! We received 607 submissions in total and were excited to honor some new players. The winners were celebrated by 200 peers from the global data journalism community at the 131-year-old Zappeion in Athens.
See the list of winners
On 15 June the GEN Board invited the summit participants to give candid feedback, make suggestions and ask questions about GEN's future priorities. The Board said it was committed to increasing the diversity of speakers and participants. Participants suggested bringing back GEN's Startup for News Competition and creating a 'crisis committee' focused on problem-solving. Reach out if you have more ideas!
The GEN Summit offered  26 workshops & masterclasses focusing on practical insights and tools. One of them was about how to produce a powerful podcast - a rising medium across the globe. Siobhan McHugh explained how to put in practice two pillars of podcasting: authenticity and intimacy. For more on podcasting, click here!
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The Global Editors Network (GEN) is an international association of over 6,000 editors-in-chief and media executives with the mission of fostering digital innovation in newsrooms all over the world. GEN has three main programmes: Editors Lab, the Data Journalism Awards, Startups for News, as well as the Den, an upcoming hub for the international data journalism community. The organisation’s flagship event, the GEN Summit, gathers over 750 participants from 70 countries.

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