What are we about?

News. Best practice. Sharing knowledge and ideas. Learning. Networking.

News Xchange, an EBU event, is the international news industry’s most insightful conference. It’s where we come together to connect, to converse, to challenge and to create. 

News Xchange is: Gutsy. We don’t shy away from difficult questions. We take chances and we go deeper than other conferences. Intersectional. No story is just a single story. We go for the complex intersections that frame and define. Creative. We actively seek out ideas from artists. We believe we can apply those lessons learned to our own work as journalists and storytellers. Narrated. We narrate the two-day conference, resulting in a deeper learning and less tidy but ultimately far more meaningful conclusions and skills. 

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News Xchange 2016

News Xchange is an annual conference, underwritten by the European Broadcasting Union, for the international news industry. It’s where those with a passion for news come to connect, collaborate, challenge and create. Each year the event lasts for two days and is sponsored by a range of news organisations. The main theme of our event in 2016 year was redefining journalism. Why this theme? Because the question of what journalism is for – or, more concretely, what it is meant to do, how it is meant to be “done”, how and where and in what context it is intended to be consumed – sits at the core of growing audience dissatisfaction and disengagement.

It's the most important question we could ask: Are we out of touch with our audiences and, if so, what can we do about it? That's how NX16 will opened in 2016. In a session produced by BBC News, DR and News Xchange, keynote speaker Nigel Farage, British politician, leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and a driving force behind the Brexit vote, told us what he believes we're getting wrong and why.

We also heard from investigative journalists Jenn Abelson and Jenna Russell on how the Spotlight team's work marry journalism's essential missions: great storytelling and committed accountability reporting. Jenn and Jenna shared thoughts on how the Boston Globe’s success illuminates an exciting forward path for media outlets.

For the first time in 2016 both digital, print and broadcast media convened and exchanged content and business strategies for this crucial time of news journalism. Join us next year in Amsterdam!

IMPRESSIONS

  • Nigel FarageHe addressed the question "Are we out of touch with our audiences?"
  • BorgenHow a small broadcaster became a global creative powerhouse. What can we learn?
  • NetworkingNews Xchange is one of a kind opportunity to network.
  • WorkshopsNews Xchange workshops gave a chance for our attendees to learn from industry leaders in interactive, intimate settings.
  • InteractivityOne of the strengths of News Xchange is the interaction between the attendees and the experts.
  • Thought leadershipNews Xchange provides world-class thought leadership sessions from key industry players.
  • Tools News Xchange is a grand exposition of new tools; the things that might be making all our tasks easier for years to come.
  • Food and drinksNews Xchange presented a two-day showcase of gourmet Danish food and drinks.
  • Start-up toursWe organised Greater Copenhagen Private Innovation Tours, visiting sights, research hubs and startups in Copenhagen.
  • Architectural landmarkNews Xchange took place at the DR Koncerthuset, a new architectural landmark for the capital. It provided the best modern acoustic and visual setting for attendees.

PAST EDITIONS

NEWS XCHANGE 2015

News Xchange is an annual conference, underwritten by Eurovision, for the international broadcast news industry. It’s where those with a passion for news come to connect, collaborate, challenge and create. Each year the event lasts for two days and is sponsored by a range of news broadcasting organizations.

More than 540 media industry representatives from public service and commercial media, agencies, start-ups, governmental and non-governmental organizations, advertising and branding agencies, as well as industry suppliers, freelancers, academics, students and artists from more than 50 countries and nearly 200 different organizations met and exchanged ideas at News Xchange 2015 in Berlin which was hosted by EBU Member ZDF.

IMPRESSIONS

  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany
  • News Xchange 2015Berlin, Germany

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News Xchange 2014

News Xchange 2014 in Prague set another attendance record...and we were sold out for the first time in the event's 14-year history! Nearly 550 delegates from 65 countries and more than 180 organisations came to Prague and participated in detailed, in-depth discussions about not only some of the opportunities out there for news organizations (digital partnerships, storytelling techniques, ways of reaching younger audiences with content and in formats they find relevant) but also, critically, some of the difficult challenges we face in trying to be objective and to present multiple "sides" to incredibly complex and often troubling questions: How to cover ISIS? How to decide when it is appropriate to show violent, disturbing video material? How to determine if you're being used for someone else's political agenda?

THE 2014 AGENDA IN SHORT

We opened the 2014 with a master class with renowned change management expert Doug Smith (Columbia University), whose session set the stage with a simple question: How do you create an environment for innovation? Simple question, perhaps, but complex answers. We talked about innovation in audiences (how we reach them, how we interract with them, and of course, how they expect to interact with us). We talked about innovation in storytelling (including a case study from NHK, the public service media company of Japan, who has already begun its planning for Tokyo 2020, and a discussion led by Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, on media holding governments and corporations accountable and what that means). We talked about how the drive toward innovation changes or doesn't change at all the fundamental role of the journalist, and what that means in terms of editorial policies and practices.

IMPRESSIONS

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  • NEWS XCHANGE 2014
  • NEWS XCHANGE 2014
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  • NEWS XCHANGE 2014
  • NEWS XCHANGE 2014
  • NEWS XCHANGE 2014
  • NEWS XCHANGE 2014

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News Xchange 2013

News Xchange 2013 in Marrakech was the largest-ever gathering in our 13-year history as an event. More than 500 delegates from 65 countries and approximately 175 organizations made it to Morocco and helped create one of the strongest News Xchange conversations ever. We created the Start-Up Alley for the event, bringing 10 entrepreneurs to News Xchange to talk about innovation, what's coming next and stuff we didn't even know was happening.

THE 2013 AGENDA IN SHORT

We opened with a bold, provocative and challenging keynote address from CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who set the tone for the experience: let's call it as we see it. Our sessions covered topics ranging from data journalism to why mainstream media is failing in its coverage of Syria, and from media coverage of migration and migration-related topics to young journalists' views of the job...five years from now.

SPEAKERS

  • HIROFUMI ABEPRODUCER, CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM DIVISIONJAPAN
  • MARJO AHONENHEAD OF STRATEGY AND PLANNING, NEWS, YLEFINLAND
  • LAILA AIT OUJAMAAGLOBALGIRL MEDIA REPORTERMOROCCO
  • GULNARA AKHUNDOVAPROGRAM MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SUPPORTAZERBAIJAN
  • CHRISTIANE AMANPOURHOST OF “AMANPOUR” ON CNN INTERNATIONALUNITED STATES
  • DAVID BANISARSENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR ARTICLE 19UNITED KINGDOM
  • HELENA BENGTSSONDATABASE EDITOR, SVERIGES TELEVISIONSWEDEN
  • PHILIP CHETWYNDGLOBAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AT AFPFRANCE
  • MADHAV CHINNAPPAHEAD OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, GOOGLE NEWS & MAGAZINES EMEAUNITED KINGDOM
  • SAM DUBBERLEYNEWS XCHANGE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERTURKEY
  • HANS ERIKSSONCEO OF BAMBUSERSWEDEN
  • NAKHLE ELHAGEDIRECTOR OF NEWS, AL ARABIYA AT MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING CORPDUBAI
  • KHAZAR FATEMIJOURNALIST AND DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERSWEDEN
  • MELISSA FLEMINGSPOKESPERSON FOR THE HIGH COMMISSIONER, UNHCRAUSTRIA
  • RICHARD EVANSSKY NEWS JOURNALISTUNITED KINGDOM
  • TINE GOTZSCHENEWS ANCHOR, DRDENMARK
  • ULRIK HAAGERUPNEWS DIRECTOR, DRDENMARK
  • CEM HAKVERDIRESEARCHERTURKEY
  • JAYAR JACKSONSENIOR PRODUCER AT "THE YOUNG TURKS"UNITED STATES
  • KIRILL KARNOVICH-VALUAHEAD OF ONLINE PROJECTS, RTRUSSIA
  • SOLANA LARSENMANAGING EDITOR OF GLOBAL VOICES ONLINEGERMANY
  • BART LEFERINKDEPUTY EDITOR IN CHIEF, NOS NEWSNETHERLANDS
  • MARK LITTLEFOUNDER OF STORYFULIRELAND
  • SANDY MACINTYREVICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL VIDEO, APUNITED KINGDOM
  • TANJA MALLEAUSTRIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATIONAUSTRIA
  • ERIK MARTINREDDIT GENERAL MANAGERUNITED STATES
  • JIMMY MAYMANNHUFFINGTON POST CEOUNITED STATES
  • JIGAR MEHTAMEDIA INNOVATION STRATEGISTUNITED STATES
  • AMY MITCHELLDIRECTOR OF JOURNALISM RESEARCH, PEW RESEARCH CENTERUNITED STATES
  • ELIAS MORENOYOUTUBE STRATEGIC PARTNER MANAGER NEWS / EDUCATIONSPAIN
  • ED MULHALLFORMER MD OF NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS, RTEIRELAND
  • LEILA NACHAWATICO-FOUNDER OF SYRIA UNTOLDSPAIN
  • NAJA NIELSENHEAD OF TV, DR NEWSDENMARK
  • MAIKE OLIJMEDIA CONSULTANTNETHERLANDS
  • BERKAY OMURSTUDENT OF TELEVISION REPORTING AND PROGRAMMINGTURKEY
  • SACHIKO OTANIDEPUTY DIRECTOR, MEDIA STRATEGY & COOPERATIONJAPAN
  • TIM POOLJOURNALISTUNITED STATES
  • HANS ROSLINGPROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL HEALTH KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET, STOCKHOLMSWEDEN
  • AMY SELWYNMANAGING DIRECTOR OF NEWS XCHANGEUNITED STATES
  • GAVIN SHERIDANDIRECTOR OF INNOVATION AT STORYFULIRELAND
  • MARGARITA SIMONYANEDITOR-IN-CHIEF, RTRUSSIA
  • MARTIN STANFORDSKY NEWS PRESENTERUNITED KINGDOM
  • MARK STONESKY NEWS ASIA CORRESPONDENTUNITED KINGDOM
  • MARK STUCKEFOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, JOURNEYMAN PICTURESUNITED KINGDOM
  • JAKOB WEICHENBERGERJOURNALIST AT THE AUSTRIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION ORFAUSTRIA

IMPRESSION

  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco
  • News Xchange 2013Marrakech, Morocco

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News Xchange 2012

On 14 November, 2012, the largest-ever News Xchange kicked off in Barcelona, Spain. Despite crippling national strikes across the host country, our delegates came -- some, like Daniel Rivkin, driving from southern France, and others, like CNN Freedom Project producers Lisa Cohen and Leif Coorlim, facing 14-hour delays in airports across Europe. In the end, 461 delegates from 65 countries and more than 175 organizations made it to Barcelona and helped create one of the strongest News Xchange conversations ever.

THE 2012 AGENDA IN SHORT

Journalism Matters. That was the theme this year. From an opening keynote by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario to sessions on Storytellers Defying African Stereotypes (produced by Gerard van den Broek, NOS), Alternative Storytelling Styles (produced by Takehiko Kusaba, NHK), Women Storytellers moderated by prize-winning journalist Mariane Pearl and featuring stories from the Sudan, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan, an Al Arabiya-produced session on Editorial Policy and the Arab Spring (Paul Haddad, producer) and Hacked, Tracked and Manipulated (produced by Greg Beitchman, Reuters), the message was clear: journalism has never been more important.

SPEAKERS

  • Becky AndersonAnchor for CNN InternationalUnited Kingdom
  • Nyani QuarmyneFreelance photographerGhana
  • Sonia NazarioJournalist, Writer, Pulitzer Prize winnerUnited States
  • Mariane PearlAward winning journalist and writerFrance
  • Ethan ZuckermanFellow, The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law; Founder, Global VoicesUnited States

Impression

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  • News Xchange 2012News Xchange 2012, Barcelona, Spain
  • News Xchange 2012News Xchange 2012, Barcelona, Spain
  • News Xchange 2012News Xchange 2012, Barcelona, Spain
  • News Xchange 2012News Xchange 2012, Barcelona, Spain
  • News Xchange 2012News Xchange 2012, Barcelona, Spain
  • News Xchange 2012News Xchange 2012, Barcelona, Spain

Team

Who's doing something

Our conference team is dedicated to making sure that this year’s News Xchange runs smoothly. 

Throughout the year, they work hard to best provide you with a rewarding and enjoyable three days.

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    SAM DUBBERLEY

    Executive Producer, News Xchange

    Sam is the co-founder of Eyewitness Media Hub and executive producer of News Xchange. Previously, he headed the Eurovision News Exchange, managing the world’s largest exchange of television news content and was a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he conducted research into UGC and broadcast news. He is heading Eyewitness Media Hub’s research into the impact of vicarious trauma which is supported by the Open Society Foundation.

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    CLOTILDE PUPILLO

    Event Coordinator, Strategic Events, EBU

    Clotilde joined Eurovision almost 12 years ago.

    She has worked in different departments of the company such as News, TV and is currently working for unit Strategic Events. This gave her a good experience and knowledge about the role and function of the EBU in various domain.

    Her job consists in mainly organizing large yearly conference such as News Xchange and Media Summit. Her role is to take care of the logistic aspect of the event.

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    AMY SELWYN

    Managing Director, News Xchange

    This is my seventh year with News Xchange and my third year in the role of Managing Director, a position I love!  I am responsible for managing the Team, overseeing the editorial program, working with sponsors, managing the financial performance and hosting the event itself.

    My first paying job was as an actress. I was five years old. Despite rave reviews, however, I opted for a life in the business world, starting my career in 1983 with Salomon Brothers in New York. In 1987, I followed my heart and my passion for news, and I haven’t looked back once.

    In 1987, I joined The New York Times as a marketing strategist, and later moved to The Associated Press in 1993, where I served as the agency’s Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and, later, as the AP’s first Director of Marketing. I moved to London in 1998 as Director of Sales, Strategy and Marketing for APTN, then moved to the BBC, where I headed up Rights & Business Development.

    In 2004, following an 8-month sabbatical in Rome, where I studied ancient history and Renaissance art, and clocked more than 400 miles in a single pair of walking shoes, I returned to London and launched an independent consulting practice, specializing in marketing and brand strategies for news organizations.

    I have worked with Eurovision and the EBU on an ongoing basis since 2005. In addition, I work with some of the top news organizations in the world, and I am a frequent trainer and speaker on social media, news and branding issues, as well as a certified coach and creativity consultant.

    A graduate of Cornell University, I earned my MBA from New York University and completed the International Management Program (Masters) at The Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. I am a part-time student of history at Harvard University, as well as a blogger and a champion of social media. In my spare time, I love to cook and practice yoga, though not yet at the same time, and I live in Exeter, New Hampshire.

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    PETER VICKERS

    Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Communications, EBU, Geneva, Switzerland

    I joined the EBU in 2004. I have combined a career as an international television journalist with extensive commercial and sales experience in broadcast and new media.

    In my current position, I manage a multinational team of communications and public affairs experts with the goal of promoting public service media and its values. Previously, I led the EBU’s sales and marketing teams with the remit of ensuring the organisation maintained its lead position as distributor of live news and sports programming.

    Before joining Eurovision, I was the Head of Multimedia for PR Newswire, the world's largest press release news agency. Prior to that I was Director of Commercial Productions for Associated Press Television News, where I was a key figure in the organisation's commercial success.

    I began my career in journalism at the international television news agency Visnews, now Reuters TV, and have held a number of senior television news positions, including the post as first International Editor for MBC, the world's first Arabic language satellite channel, and Head of the English Service at Euronews, the multi-language 24-hour news channel. I am a graduate of the University of Kent, UK, where I studied French Language, History, Literature and Philosophy, with a minor in Linguistics.

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Our Editorial Terms of Reference

Defining roles and responsibilities

What sits at the heart of the News Xchange Editorial Terms of Reference is a belief that the event is made its most relevant and most useful with a diversity of thought and perspective.

Checks & Balances

It seeks to put the appropriate amount of influence in the hands of the industry experts to help guide and advise, yet give decision-making responsibility to the two organizations investing financial resource and brand visibility. 

At the same time, it creates a mechanism for handling conflict dispute and puts the decision making power for the agenda within the Executive Board and in the rare event of a stalemate gives the advisory board an advisory role. Click on the image to the right to download the Terms of Reference as PDF.

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