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.
The decision to invite a guest to speak at News Xchange is made on the basis of the relevance and importance of the issue they will discuss. With every speaker, we challenge and debate views and positions, and we give our audience the opportunity to do the same. An invitation to speak is not an endorsement of any position or viewpoint. There has been discussion in the press about our decision to include political strategist Steve Bannon in this year's programme. The statement below articulates the process and the context.
For further information about the Terms of Reference for our event with regard to agenda and guests can be found here.
We are often asked how we go about building the News Xchange agenda. The question arises because News Xchange is almost architectural in its design; meaning, each session and each presentation builds on the one that preceded it. There is a roadmap to our work together over the two days, and we aim to answer or address a critical question each year. Last year, for example, we asked ourselves, Is this the Golden Age of Journalism? We reflected that Golden Ages are born from adversity. That exceptional achievement in the difficult times is what ultimately characterizes a Golden Age. There is therefore reason to believe that we truly are in a Golden Age of sorts but we'll have to wait and see; the long-tail of history will be the judge.
So...back to agenda building. We begin by taking a macro view of the world as it exists today. What's new? What has changed? What is exciting? What is frightening? What makes us feel optimistic? What makes us feel pessimistic?
We are delighted to announce that this year's News Xchange will officially open on Tuesday evening, 14 November, with a reception hosted by our partner, the NOS, and co-hosted by The City of Amsterdam and The Rijksmuseum. What an extraordinary way to begin our Amsterdam experience -- a private evening at one of the world's most exceptional art museums. Recently re-opened after a renovation lasting eight years, the "new" Rijksmuseum is a journey through Dutch history and the history of art from the Middle Ages until the 20th Century. The Golden Age...a key theme you will hear about during this year's conference.
The standing dinner reception will take place in the stunning glass Atrium of the Rijksmuseum. All guests will have access to the Gallery of Honor, an extended corridor directed towards a clear focal point: Rembrandt's The Night Watch. On view in the side alcoves are masterpieces by the great artists of the 17th century, including Rembrandt and Vermeer, among others. Guides will be available to share their art history expertise.
Please be sure to mark your calendars and make your travel plans accordingly, so that you arrive in Amsterdam on time to attend this opening reception on the Tuesday evening. All registered News Xchange delegates will receive an invitation to this exclusive, once in a lifetime experience. Stay tuned for more information to come.
Plans are underway for News Xchange 2017 in Amsterdam. In the coming months, you will hear announcements about the agenda: key themes, speakers and keynotes. Be sure to stay tuned.
In the meantime, we're happy to announce that News Xchange 2016 in its entirety is available for your viewing.
Maybe you weren't able to make it to Copenhagen or maybe you were there but would like to hear the discussions again. Or maybe you missed a session or a speaker. It's all here for your viewing pleasure.
For an overview of all sessions from last year, visit our Vimeo page here.
News Xchange delegates may now register for the Greater Copenhagen Private Innovation Tours, visiting sights, research hubs and startups in Copenhagen, all pushing new boundaries for innovation.
Arriving on Tuesday? Great! We have two tours available. Staying for the weekend? Also great! We have an outstanding Friday option, as well!
On Tuesday 29 November and on Friday 2 December, bookending the News Xchange conference, you may join one of three tours that will show you why Copenhagen has earned its reputation as one of the greenest, smartest, most creative and liveable cities.
Sign up if you want to experience tomorrow’s smart city solutions, learn about what advanced quantum computing can benefit your life or meet rising Danish media startups, pushing new ways to collaborate, publish and create content.
It is free to join the tours, but registration is on a first come, first served basis, and space is limited and open exclusively to registered News Xchange delegates.
See more and register at:
Five more weeks until we meet in Copenhagen for News Xchange 2016!
We are delighted to announce that Aftenposten Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Espen Egil Hansen, will be speaking at News Xchange.
As you know, Espen recently made headlines around the world when he wrote an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about the social network's insistence that an iconic news photo -- Associated Press photographer Nick Ut's photo of a naked young woman fleeing napalm bombs. That photo is one that changed the history of warfare. Facebook's algorithm, however, was unable to distinguish between war photography and child pornography, to borrow from Espen's letter.
Two journalists from Spotlight, The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer prize-winning investigative team, will deliver a News Xchange keynote.
Investigative journalists Jenn Abelson and Jenna Russell will lift the lid on how the Spotlight team's work on two stories (sexual misconduct at exclusive American prep schools, and the failures of the mental health care system and resulting tragic outcomes) marry journalism's essential missions: great storytelling and committed accountability reporting. Jenn and Jenna will share thoughts on how their newspaper’s success illuminates an exciting forward path for media outlets.
Two journalists from Spotlight, The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer prize-winning investigative team, will deliver a News Xchange keynote. Investigative journalists Jenn Abelson and Jenna Russell will lift the lid on how the Spotlight team's work on two stories (sexual misconduct at exclusive American prep schools, and the failures of the mental health care system and resulting tragic outcomes) marry journalism's essential missions: great storytelling and committed accountability reporting.
It's the most important question we can ask: Are we out of touch with our audiences and, if so, what can we do about it? That's how NX16 will open this year. In a session produced by BBC News, DR and News Xchange, keynote speaker Nigel Farage, British politician, current leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and a driving force behind the Brexit vote, will tell us what he believes we're getting wrong and why. Together with session moderators Nick Robinson of the BBC and Tine Gotzsche of DR, we'll broaden the discussion to look at the emergence of both right- and left-wing political voices across Europe, the Trump Effect and the increasing polarization of agendas. Where does media fit in all of this?