Our 2019 challenges : Voice, Video and new Visual Journalism


Next year, our profession will have to overcome a VVV challenge: Voice, Video, and Visual Journalism.

1.Voice and Voice AI are the obvious topic for 2019. There are already 47 million smart speakers next to people’s couches in the United States and there are 220 million adults in the country. According to Chartbeat, this number could double in the next six months. It means this mass phenomenon will very soon have a serious impact on how news will be consumed. Who will be the winners of this new battle? Big conglomerates, local news providers, or infotainment companies? What will the speed of adoption be in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa?


2. Video is the second priority for next year. Kevin Delaney, Quartz editor, said that we’re entering ‘the golden age of video journalism’. It means YouTube videos will lose their current monopoly in the upcoming years. Think about the new wave of live events, anticipate news shows on Facebook Watch and very soon on Netflix, imagine new formats based on vertical or square videos and you’ll immediately understand that we’re in a new era for video journalism. And it is only just beginning.


3. Why are we talking about visual journalism as the third challenge? The word seems a bit outdated or overused, but 2019 will be the year of new storytelling methods based on a real integration of texts, sounds, videos and data-vizs. New software will help us to conceive new ways of telling stories, as well as AR experiments on your smartphones or new devices such as smart glasses or smart watches. 2019 will be also the year of the first experiments for monetising visual journalism (and this has never happened before).


Regarding the day-to-day programme, a first draft will be announced in November, but we are working on the following sessions and panels:


– Influencers vs. Media: are they frenemies?
– Journalism goes to Hollywood
– The tokenisation of news: can blockchain help journalism?
– Towards the first automated newsrooms
– Why news apps work so well (for the user and the publisher)
– From messaging apps to conversational journalism
– Personalisation versus Privacy
– How to schedule alerts and push notifications
– More podcasts with more smart speakers?
– How to monetize live-streamed news shows
– Time to regulate platforms?
– AI for small newsrooms
– The impact of audience fragmentation
– Will non-profit news organisations and member-funded journalism overtake for-profit legacy media
– The future of cloud jounalism (collaboration, security, etc.)



We value your help in shaping this conference, so please reach out to us if you have any suggestions for speakers, sessions and new formats of interaction with the audience.


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