Workshop on the Publishing Sector & Challenges in Brussels on 3 November 2015

The European Commission and NEM organised a Workshop on the Publishing Sector & Challenges in Brussels on 3 November 2015.


Invitation to a discussion for European publishers at a senior level

The digital challenges ahead the European creative industries and particularly the news publishing sector are at the heart of the debates at this event co hosted by WAN-IFRA and NEM, the New European Media
initiative. The aim of this workshop is the analysis and the identification of current and future challenges for the news publishing industry to be tackled in future European Innovation initiatives. Real examples of the potential, challenges in the branch will be discussed, together with an innovative business and investor
perspective. This workshop is open to guests, publishers, suppliers, labs.

Why should you attend ?

Horizon 2020 is powerful tool to leverage innovation in the news industry. But its potential is hardly known by private news media organizations across Europe. We believe there is a need to start a discussion among major publishers, innovation labs, and representatives from the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology, DG Connect. We will talk through the implications of research and innovation and technology transfer for the news publishing branch, especially with respect to the European framework Horizon 2020. We will explore whether there are guidelines that could contribute to the build up of a dedicated strategic roadmap for future European projects.

• Understand the challenges of Horizon 2020 for news media organisations, particularly newspaper publishers;
• Share and explain the 5 strategic areas of GAMI’s Strategic Roadmap for Research and Innovation
• Understand challenges and needs for R&I for individual publishers, digital technology providers, collective bodies like GAMI, NEM, and the European Commission
• How to address the community of content SMBs (local regional weeklies, dailies, digital pure players..)
• Can we identify pre competitive challenges and think innovation in a more collective and open approach?
• What are the components of a sustainable innovation management strategy for news publishers?
• What kind of training needs are needed to grow for future talents ?
• What is already in the pipeline at the European level, and how news publishers can benefit from the
Horizon2020 framework ?

A joint initiative by GAMI and NEM

GAMI, The Global Alliance for Media Innovation, is a multi-stakeholders initiative powered by WAN-IFRA where news publishers meet with tech suppliers, start-ups, academia and innovation labs to co-produce, generate economy of scale, create new capabilities and rethink the way they work individually and collectively with new talents and synergies. GAMI serves as a toolkit for news media to embrace transformation, drive innovation, maximize success, and quickly advance the best talents and innovations to the market. GAMI delivers networking opportunities, knowledge sharing platforms, research and innovation programme support and coordination, éducation and training programmes.

NEM, New European Media Initiative, is a European Technology Platform dedicated to Horizon2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. NEM aims to build sustainable European leadership in content, media and the creative industries, and to support access to research and access to finance in these fields. Founded in 2005, NEM is now a network of more than 1,000 members from industry (including large industrial organizations, start-ups and small and medium enterprises) and academia, as well as public or private cluster organizations.


09:00 Introduction :
WAN IFRA, Vincent Peyrègne, CEO
GAMI / Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen, Advisory Board President, Director Editorial Chief Adressavisen, NxtMedia Norway Chairman
NEM, Jean Dominique Meunier, President
Prof. dr. Caroline Pauwels,Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
09:20 CEO keynote. The Publisher’s strategic perspective. Why innovation matters. Sindre Østgård, CEO at Tinius Trust and Blommenholm Industrier
10:00 News organization innovation case studies. Keys to success in innovation from a panel of news publishers
* MEDIAHUIS Annick Deseure, Digital Manager Data, Mediahuis, Robby Wauters, iMinds, Danny Lein, Twipe, Belgium
* LE MATIN Philippe Messeiller, Deputy Chief editor, Digital Projects, Le Matin, Switzerland
* RCS MEDIA GROUP Marco Fanciulli, Director Media labs, RCS, Italy
* HAYMARKET Andy Clough, Editor-in-Chief, What Hi-Fi? magazine, Haymarket, UK
* THE IRISH TIMES Deirdre Veldon, Managing Editor, The Irish Times, Ireland
* NXTMEDIA Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen, Editor and Jon Espen Ingvaldsen, Postdoctoral Researcher, NxtMedia, Norway – Stig Waagboe, CEO Schibsted Tech Polska, Poland
* DG CONNECT Alberto Rabbachin, Scientific Programme Officer, European Commission Directorate, General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology Unit G1 – Converging Media & Content
12:30 Q&As
14:00 Lorena Boix, Head of Unit, Converging media and content, DG CONNECT, European Commission 14:30 Q&As
16:15 Q&A’s
16:45 Key take aways / next steps
17:00 end of the workshop


The workshop is aimed at publishing companies chief Innovation officers, digital business development officers, technology suppliers research and innovation officers, executives from media labs and tech transfer units in public or private research centres, senior researchers in academic faculties and labs.


Stephen Fozard, GAMI Project Director – stephen.fozard([at])
Vincent Peyrègne, CEO WAN-IFRA – vincent.peyregne([at]) Cell : +33 6 87 92 17 25
Free seminar – Invitation only – Pre registration : hCp://

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