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What is News Xchange?

We are a two-day, annual conference focusing on bright ideas, opportunities and challenges for the international news industry. We bring together 600+ executives, journalists, presenters, bloggers and start-up entrepreneurs from all around the world to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of experts, scientists, artists and thought leaders. We are the only conference that aims to remain intimate because we believe in the art of conversation.

What makes News Xchange such a vital event is the fact that it is structured as a guided experience. There's always an element of surprise, too -- someone I've never heard of who stands on stage and changes my view of the world.News Xchange 2017 delegate

OUR 2019 SPEAKERS

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Sam Feist

Washington Bureau Chief, CNN

Sam Feist is CNN's Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. Named to this role in May 2011, he oversees daily operations of the bureau.

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Douglas Murray

Author, political commentator

Douglas Kear Murray is a British conservative author, journalist and political commentator. He founded the Centre for Social Cohesion in 2007. 

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Mariane Pearl

Journalist & author

Mariane Pearl is a French freelance journalist and a former reporter and columnist for Glamour magazine. She is the widow of Daniel Pearl, an American journalist who was the Southeast Asia Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal.

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John Pullman

Global Head of Video & Pictures, Reuters

John Pullman is the global editor of Reuters Video and Pictures, based in London.

He runs a team of more than 400 journalists around the world delivering video to broadcasting and online customers, and pictures to newspapers and websites.

He joined Reuters in 2010. Previously he worked a senior level in television news in the UK, and was one of the founding managers of the Al Jazeera English news network, based in Qatar.

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Phil Chetwynd

Global Editor-in-Chief, Agence France-Presse

Phil Chetwynd was appointed AFP's Paris-based Global Editor-in-Chief in October 2012. He is responsible for the output of some 1,500 text, photo and video journalists and plays a major role in driving the agency's evolving multimedia strategy around the world.

He joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British regional newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Chetwynd was also AFP's Deputy Bureau Chief in China for two years. Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong as first News Editor and then Chief Editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he gained widespread experience managing major global stories such as the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the rise of China.

He set up AFP's first multimedia integrated newsroom in Hong Kong and played a major role in launching the video service in Asia.

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Sylvana Simons

Dutch politician

Sylvana Simons is a Dutch left-wing politician, actress and television presenter. In December 2016, she founded the political party Artikel 1, later known as Bij1.

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Jesper Doub

Director of news partnerships, EMEA, Facebook

Jesper Doub is the director of news partnerships, EMEA, Facebook. In this role he focuses on building relationships with journalists and publishers across Europe, Middle East and Africa as they embrace digital change and seek new, sustainable business models.

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Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Anchor, Channel 4 News

Krishnan Guru-Murthy is a British journalist on Channel 4. He presents the Channel 4 News and the foreign affairs documentary series Unreported World.

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Fiona Harvey

Environmental Correspondent, The Guardian

Fiona Harvey is an award-winning environment journalist for the Guardian. Prior to this, she worked for the Financial Times for more than a decade. She has reported on every major environmental issue, from as far afield as the Arctic and the Amazon, and her wide range of interviewees include Ban Ki-moon, Tony Blair, Al Gore and Jeff Immelt.

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Estelle Cognacq

Deputy News Director, FranceInfo

Estelle Cognacq is the deputy news director at franceinfo, in charge of the agency franceinfo, digital and factchecking teams. At a time of continuous news and social networks, news reaches today from everywhere and from nowhere. The media can no longer even trust AFP (as evidenced by its false announcement of Martin Bouygues’ death). We must adapt to avoid fake news and missteps. Pioneering on this niche, Estelle Cognacq will explain to us how her team tracks the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth in the news.

 

 

 

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Nuala McGovern

Irish journalist, broadcaster and BBC presenter

Born in Ireland, Nuala joined the BBC in 2009 and now presents OS, a daily two-hour radio show from the middle of the BBC newsroom on the BBC World Service. Nuala also presents a variety of programmes for BBC World News. Nuala has won the AIB award for her show’s coverage of the resignation of Robert Mugabe and was shortlisted at the One World Media Awards for the sustained coverage of irregular migration from North Africa to Europe. She has presented live on location for the BBC for several major global stories, including the inauguration of Donald Trump, Brexit developments in Brussels, the Irish abortion referendum debate, Hong Kong protests, #bringbackourgirls in Nigeria, Guantanamo, Kharkiv, Malta, Melilla and the South African elections. 

Prior to joining the BBC, Nuala worked for New York’s flagship public radio station, WNYC, serving as an Executive Producer for The Brian Lehrer Show, which won a George Foster Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting. Nuala has covered and managed major international events for New York Public Radio, including their presidential election coverage in 2004 and 2008.

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Brendan Cox

Founder, Survivors Against Terror

Brendan Cox is the founder of Survivors Against Terror, and a former Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown whose wife Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered.

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Tanit Koch

Editor-in-Chief, Central Newsroom RTL

Tanit Koch is Editor-in-Chief Central Newsroom RTL and Managing Director n-tv. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of BILD. 

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Geraldine Moriba

Award winning journalist and filmaker

Geraldine Moriba is an award winning journalist, filmmaker, and multiplatform program developer. She is currently the executive producer of two major national PBS multi-platform initiatives: Chasing the Dream on poverty and opportunity; and Peril and Promise on climate change. 

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Kate Eichhorn

Author of "The End of Forgetting"

Dr. Kate Eichhorn, Professor, New School for Social Research, and Author, "The End of Forgetting".

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Tina Daheley

Journalist and presenter, BBC

Tina Daheley is a BBC journalist and presenter. She currently reads the news on The Radio 2 Breakfast Show with Zoë Ball

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Kyle Pope

Editor and publisher, Columbia Journalism Review

Kyle Pope is the editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review.

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Xenia Fedorova

President and Editor in Chief, RT France

Xenia Fedorova is the president and Editor in Chief of RT France.

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Adrees Latiff

Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist

Adrees Latiff, from Pakistan, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist with Reuters.

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Frederic Filloux

Editor, Monday Note

Frederic Filloux is the editor of the Monday Note, a newsletter / blog that covers digital business models and technology since 2007. His co-author is Jean-Louis Gassée, a tech investor based in Palo Alto. The Monday Note is now hosted by Medium and republished by Quartz. It reaches about 30,000 media professionals each week.

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Steve Gaisford

Journalist and consultant

Stephen Gaisford works as a consultant for broadcast and corporate clients, with a particular focus on creative content production and new digital solutions able to support non-linear customer engagement.

Stephen led Brunswick’s video offer across the Americas, where he advised and delivered across countless creative comms projects for tech, pharma and financial clients. 

Before that he worked as a Broadcast Consultant for ITN Consulting, launching new television stations and programmes, rebranding existing shows and training staff in a number of key roles. 

A seasoned journalist, with more than 20 years' experience working for major UK and international broadcasters, the majority of Stephen's career was spent in front of camera, fronting news programmes for Sky News, ITV News, BBC, and Al Jazeera.

 

 

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Zola Brunner

Storyteller & Founder at Beyond Group brands

Zola Brunner is a South African journalist, Mojo, writer and webfluential influencer.

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Sally Buzbee

Executive editor, The Associated Press

Sally Buzbee is the AP's senior vice president and executive editor.

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Waleed Aly

Presenter, network TEN

Waleed Aly is one of Australia’s most respected and versatile media talents. He is a broadcaster, author, academic and musician. Waleed is co-host of network TEN’s The Project, live to air weeknights.

In 2016 Waleed won the Gold Logie Award for the Most Popular Australian TV Personality, Silver Logie Award for Best Presenter and delivered the 2016 Andrew Olle Media Lecture. Waleed picked up another Silver Logie for Best Presenter in 2017.

Waleed has tackled comedy as both a writer and presenter for SBS’s Salam Café, along with hard-hitting news as a host of ABC radio’s Mornings program in Melbourne. He has presented sporting analysis on ABC News 24’s The Drum, and political analysis on Q&A and BBC World. In 2010 he hosted The Late Session for SBS, a lively talk show set in a dinner party environment canvassing a wide range of contemporary topics. Through this as well as regular appearances on Offsiders, Meet The Press, The 7.30 Report and Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, Waleed has become widely recognised and trusted by audiences across Australia.

In 2005, Waleed was made a White Ribbon Day Ambassador for the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and was named one of The Bulletin magazine’s ‘Smart 100’ in 2007. He was invited participant to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in 2008 and in 2011 he was named Victoria’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards for his work in fostering cross cultural understanding in the community.

When he’s not broadcasting or writing, Waleed is probably doing something musical. Waleed is the guitarist and main songwriter for Melbourne originals band Robot Child. He played the lead guitar in the world’s first ever theatrical production of Pink Floyd’s classic album, The Wall with Nuworks Theatre in Melbourne, in the process helping to raise $60,000 to rebuild a girls’ school in Afghanistan that the Taliban had previously destroyed. He also played guitar on Storm, a song he co-wrote live on air with Sony-signed Australian artist, Shelley Harland.

Waleed is almost certainly the only terrorism expert in the world to have written a formal harmonic and structural analysis of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. He made his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut in 2013 alongside Charlie Pickering in ‘The World’s Problems Solved with Charlie Pickering and Waleed Aly’.

Waleed was Radio National’s Drive show host from 2012 for three years, co-hosting The Project on Friday nights during this period. Currently he presents The Minefield on Radio National with ethicist Scott Stephens every Wednesday morning.

Waleed is a lecturer in politics at Monash University, working in their Global Terrorism Research Centre.

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James Ball

Global Editor, The Bureau

James Ball is a British journalist and author. He has worked for The Guardian, WikiLeaks, BuzzFeed, The New European and The Washington Post and is the author of three books.

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Eric Scherer

Director of Innovation and Future Media, France Télévisions

Eric Scherer is Director of Innovation and Future Media at France Televisions.

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Maike Olij

Creative consultant and journalism/media expert

Maike Olij develops new (media/journalism) concepts, gives strategic advice based on audience insights and helps with the implementation of projects. 

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Olga Robinson

Senior Journalist, BBC Monitoring

Olga Robinson is a Senior Journalist with BBC Monitoring. She is a specialist in Russia and disinformation. 

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Anne Jacobsen

Chief Executive Officer, Media City Bergen

The Norwegian Media Cluster is a highly successful innovation ecosystem, where more than 80% of involved companies and institutions launch new innovations every year. The Cluster has its core competence in media technology, and is a global knowledge hub where collaboration is the business model. Learn how 100 companies, universities and research facilities empower stories.

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Jo Webster

Deputy Editor for Visuals, Reuters

Jo Webster is the Deputy Editor for Visuals at Reuters.

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Sarah Brown

Head of news media partnerships for UK/Ireland, Facebook

Sarah Brown is head of news media partnerships for UK/Ireland for Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook she spent 15 years in international journalism and communications, working for organisations including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera English in London, Doha and Washington D.C. on the forefront of digital and social media. She is based in London.

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Elena Cosentino

Director, International News Safety Institute

Elena Cosentino is the Director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI). Elena has worked as a journalist and current affairs documentary filmmaker at CNN, ITN, BBC and others over nearly 20 years. She’s travelled the world covering natural disasters, wars, migration, drug trafficking, terrorism and organised crime.

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HEADLINE

News Xchange is coming to Paris

This year, News Xchange is delighted to be coming to Paris, partnering with EBU members, France Television and Radio France. Paris has long been known as The City of Light, a tribute to this world capital's role as the center of education and ideas during the Age of Englightenment. Beautiful, romantic, architecturally stunning, literary, magnificent. Paris. The birthplace of photography, fashion, and modern philosophy. Also a city full of history: from the grandeur of Versailles and the Bourbon courts, to the Revolution and to a long and proud history of protest in the name of egalite, fraternite and liberte. Paris, always beautiful, always complicated, always intriguing.

This will be our home for our 18th annual News Xchange, where we will take on the most challenging world issues as they affect the worlds of news and journalism. We will look for answers, of course, but even more importantly, we will look for insights and for wisdom. 

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Our News Xchange 2019 venue

A defining landmark

News Xchange 2019 will be taking place in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris. The blend of UNESCO World Heritage architecture and world-class entertainment makes Paris a breath-taking city to visit. News Xchange has chosen one of the city's most outstanding venues for conferences and events: the Palais des Congrès d’Issy.

The first sight visitors have of the Palais des Congrès d’Issy is its rose-coloured Art Deco façade. The spirit of the 1930s is alive and well in the Palais, which was designed by Marcel Chappey, winner of the second prize at the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1925. In recent years, the Palais des Congrès d’Issy has played host to national and international conferences. Its unique cachet offers the perfect venue for News Xchange.

 

 

Situated along the Seine just outside Paris, the Palais des Congrès d’Issy is easily reached by Metro line 12, as well as the RER C and tram lines T2 and T3. 

The conference venue:

Visiting address and postal address (main entrance) 
Le Palais des Congrès d'Issy 
25 Avenue Victor Cresson
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

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