Our exclusive invitation-only event is back!

This time at the BBC Old Broadcasting House in London

Last year we organised our first “Data Journalism Unconference” in New York City to discuss and tackle data journalism challenges across borders. Over 60 of the greatest data journalism minds gathered together, coming from 20 different countries, representing the five continents and a wide range of skills related to data journalism. It was such a huge success, that we want to do it again!

So it is with no surprise but with great excitment that the Global Editors Network is organising the second edition of the Data Journalism Unconference, a FREE, invitation only event, on 23 May 2017 at the BBC Old Broadcasting House in London, UK

Organised in partnership with BBC News, with support from Google and Chartbeat, the event will gather around 60 participants from the five continents. We will learn from our experience of last year and build a top quality event, with some incredible guests coming from all over the world. It is a unique and exclusive opportunity to exchange ideas on how teams, techniques and models vary from one country to the other, with the ultimate goal to initiate fruitful international collaborations. 

All the latest trends will be tackled: VR, drone journalism, machine learning, sensor technologies, but also themes such as trust or monetisation, in sessions shaped and picked by the participants themselves. At the end of the day, the shortlisted projects of the Data Journalism Awards 2017 will be revealed. 

So far we have confirmed guests coming from all over Europe and as far as Asia, representing news organisations such as The Guardian, The Financial Times, Al Jazeera English, The Economist and Deutsche Welle, to name a few. Some are data journalists or editors, some are designers, or startups founders, but all of them share the passion for data journalism and interactive news. If you think you should also be part of this incredible event, you can request an invite now.

On the day before and after the unconference (22 and 24 May 2017), the Global Editors Network will organise Study Tours in four of the most famous data journalism newsrooms in London (list still to be confirmed). These study tours will be exclusively open to guests of the unconference. 

 

 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

The goal of this unconference is to give to the audience the keys of the debate through sessions and presentations that are short and engaging.

We’re dropping the format of a traditional conference and creating a creative space for peer-to-peer learning where everybody’s voice is heard. Fishbowl discussions, human spectrograms, rapid case studies, workshops and group talks – all of this will be included. The content, however, will be decided by the participants. Every participant is given the chance to actively take part in the day’s sessions and to shape the agenda of the unconference. Facilitators will be present to help the day go smoothly.

To attend this event, you need an invitation. You can request one via this Google form.

 

 

What's in it for you?

This event is a unique and exclusive opportunity to exchange ideas, engage directly with other data teams from around the world and possibly get cross-border data journalism projects off the ground!

Participants drive the schedule of this event and get to discuss issues and challenges that really matter to them and their team thanks to sessions, workshops and presentations that are short, engaging, and most of all thought and led by the participants themselves.

At the end of the day, we will announce the shortlist of The Data Journalism Awards 2017, providing guests with a unique perspective on the latest data journalism trends.

On 22 and 24 May 2017, the Global Editors Network will organise Study Tours, guided tours led by data team editors, in four of the most famous data journalism newsrooms in London (list still to be confirmed). These study tours will be exclusively open to guests of the unconference. 

Who can take part?

Data journalists, editors and their teams from around the world, but also people from the open data mouvement, the business of data visualisation, academia, and non-profit organisations to spice things up a little and bring a new angle to the debate.

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THE PITCH

Data journalism today, just like the rest of the news industry, is facing many challenges, from the transition to mobile and native content to monetisation, and machine learning. Artificial intelligence and VR could have a huge impact on the practice of data journalism worldwide, but are we trully ready or trained for it? How can data teams better prepare for what’s coming? Can those new practices also be affordable? 

Data journalists and their team often work on stories of international impact, but they rarely get the chance to exchange best practices and new models with their counterparts in other countries, let alone other continents.

As experiments and data journalism workflows are quite different in Asia-Pacific, in Africa, in Europe and in the Americas, learning from others’ experiences and building new solutions to ensure a viable future for cross border data journalism seems like a crucial next step.

Along these lines, the Global Editors Network launched the Data Journalism Unconference in 2016, a FREE, invitation only event to discuss the latest trends in data journalism and tackle data teams’ challenges across borders. It took place in New York City at the Thomson Reuters headquarters and it went so well that we’re organising a new one this year on 23 May 2017 at the BBC Old Broadcasting House in London, UK.

 

 

 

When and where?

The Data Journalism Unconference 2017 will take place on 23 May 2017 from 9 a.m to 6 p.m, followed by a cocktail reception. It takes place at the BBC Old Broadcasting House in London, UK, located at the heart of the city

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Study Tours

On the day before and after the unconference (22 and 24 May 2017), the Global Editors Network organises Study Tours in four of the most famous data journalism newsrooms in London (list still to be confirmed).

 

Who showed up last year?

Guests from the 5 continents attended the first edition of this event on 10 May 2016 in New York City, from countries such as Argentina, Kenya, Norway, Nigeria, Brazil, China, and Tanzania (as well as the US). 

Simon Rogers, Data Editor for Google News Lab in San Francisco and director of the DJA 2016, as well as Paul Steiger, Executive Chairman of ProPublica and president of the DJA jury, both took part on the day.

Want to get a better idea of who came? Here are some previous guests:

Reginald Chua and Janet Roberts (both from Thomson Reuters – US), Youyou Zhou (AP – US/China), Michael Hudson (senior editor of ICIJ’s Panama Papers – US), Justin Arenstein (Code for Africa – Kenya), Troy Thibodeaux (AP – US), Fela Olagunju (Voice of Nigeria – Nigeria), Dan Sinker (Knight-Mozilla OpenNews – US), Angelica Peralta Ramos (La Nacion – Argentina), Peter Bale (formerly CPI and ICIJ – US), Tove Knutsen (Bergens Tidende – Norway), Lisa Charlotte Rost (formerly NPR – Germany), Jonathan Stray (Tow Center, Columbia University – US), Jose Carlo Medina (News Deeply – Philippines), Declan Galvin (Sahara Reporter – Nigeria).

Members of the DJA jury were also present.

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