Wibbitz had the pleasure of partaking in this year's Global Editors Network (GEN) Summit. Editors and top execs from premium publications and media organizations from around the world gathered to discuss how newsrooms must merge content and technology to succeed. The summit took place over three days with panels, keynote speeches and masterclasses that addressed hot topics and burning issues in the newsroom. We gained insights into BBC's content strategy for social media and mobile, Google's plan to develop stronger relations with publishers, and News Republic's experience with wearable devices. Attendees walked away with a wealth of practical knowledge to implement in the newsroom and share with their teams. GEN Summit offered an impressive list of speakers including Cory Haik (Executive Producer and Senior Editor at The Washington Post), David Drummond (SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google), and our very own Yotam Cohen (Co-founder and COO at Wibbitz).
Yotam and Lou Ferrara (VP and Managing Editor at The Associated Press) hosted a breakfast masterclass to take a deeper look into how newsrooms can utilize 'robots' and algorithms, like text-to-video technology. The pair lead a roundtable discussion asking editors,
"Do you need robots in your newsroom?"
Forward-thinking participants shared questions and concerns surrounding robots in the newsroom as well as revelations regarding the benefits they provide. Lou described his experience with automated journalism at AP and how it's drastically saved both time and resources. Lou's success using 'robots' in the newsroom has freed his staff to devote their time to more involved projects. Scalable video production is practically an oxymoron, but these types of discussions on automated technologies are changing editors' perspectives on the subject.
Wibbitz also took part in the GEN Expo, a congregation of exciting technology providers that partner with publishers. We were joined by innovative companies like Storyful and Infogr.am to showcase the latest tools available to editors. The Wibbitz team had a wonderful time working with summit attendees to familiarize them with our new platform, the Control Room.
With three days full of rich information, new tools and practices, great conversation and plenty of sun in the beautiful city of Barcelona, it's safe to say GEN Summit was a success. Thanks to GEN for a great time and we'll see everyone next year!