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8th News and Technology Seminar

News studio at RTBF Headquarters (Courtesy of RTBF)

The News and Technology Seminar is designed for delegates from both editorial and technical backgrounds. The focus will be on demonstrating and discussing how EBU Members can make the best creative use of technical innovations and share best practices and solutions.

The 8th News and Technology Seminar will take place in Brussels, Belgium, at the kind invitation of RTBF. The two day meeting will begin on Tuesday 10 May and close at 16:00 on Wednesday 11 May.

Among the topics expected to be discussed and demonstrated are:

  • 360 degree cameras
  • enhanced reality
  • virtual reality
  • workload, training and news technology
  • data journalism
  • ECG validation project
  • HBB 2.0 TV
  • newsgathering tools
  • transfer to mobile
  • new generation “connected cameras”

There will be a wide range of expert speakers and panelists as well as tours of the RTBF and VRT Newsrooms.

About the previous seminar

Last year 110 members attended the News and Technology Seminar in Hamburg, to the kind invitation of EBU's German members ARD.


RTBF has kindly negotiated a preferential rate at Hotel Metropole.

EUR 158.28 per person per night.
Deadline for special rate is 31 March 2016.
Booking details are available during online registration. 


RTBF Headquarters
Rue Colonel Bourg 6
1030 Brussels, Belgium




    Day 1

  • SESSION 01 - Introduction by Benoit Balon-Perin Members Only
  • SESSION 01 - Introduction by Sarah Ward Lilley Members Only
  • How SVT sees 360 in the future - Johan Wahlberg – Head of Distribution Strategy (SVT)Members Only
  • Using 360 for storytelling - Filip Fastenaekels (VRT)
  • Zillah Watson - 360 VR News, a new way to tell stories - Zillah Watson – Editor, BBC Research & DevelopmentMembers Only
  • Lost in mobile - Why newsrooms should focus on the phones and look past - Mika Rahkonen - Head of Development / Media Lab News and Current Affairs (YLE)Members Only
  • News in Video - The mobile challenge - Nathalie Malinarich - Mobile Editor BBC News 24/7 (BBC)Members Only
  • Newsgathering Tools - Which new tools are the most useful for News? - Morwen Williams - Head of Operations, Newsgathering (BBC) and Geoff House - Location Engineer, Newsgathering (BBC)Members Only
  • Day 2

  • ORF In-House Workflow & Toolkit to create new content from Open Source Data - Jakob Weichenberger - Data Journalist, News & Current Affairs (ORF)Members Only
  • Can we imagine editorial content driven by the needs of the audience rather than by journalistic experience - Pierre-Nicolas Schwab - Big Data/CRM Manager (RTBF)
  • Verification Network & Social News Gathering the EVNs - Anne-Marie Lupu - News Editor (Eurovision)Members Only
  • The EBU UGC Verification Network – an appraisal after 18 months - Michael Wegener - Head Content Center (ARD)Members Only
  • New features in HbbTV 2.0 - Klaus Merkel - Senior Engineer (IRT)Members Only
  • Practical HbbTV 2.0 Projects - Bettina Heidkamp - Head of Innovation Projects (RBB)Members Only
  • Workflow & Workload - How Technology is changing the way we work - Morten Brandstrup - Head of News Technology (TV2)Members Only
  • Workflow & Workload - How technology is changing the way we work - Robert Strand - Founder, Chief of Innovation, Wolftech Broadcast Solutions ASMembers Only
  • Connected Cameras - The new generation - Morten Brandstrup - Head of News Technology (TV2)Members Only
  • Eurovision News - IPush and M2M Platform Update - Paul Calleja - News Technology Development Manager (Eurovision)Members Only
  • Videos

  • Subway bombing Members Only
  • Subway Bombing 2 Members Only
  • Report Moedlhammer Members Only
  • Klimakarte Members Only
  • Tschernoby ZiB100 Members Only
  • ZIB100 video Members Only
  • Session Video

  • Introduction - Benoit Balon-Perin Members Only
  • Introduction - Sarah Ward-Lilley Members Only
  • Introduction 360 and VR - Geronimo Akerlund Members Only
  • Using 360 for storytelling - Filip Fastenaekels Members Only
  • The view from BBC - Zillah Watson Members Only
  • How SVT sees 360 in the future - Johan Wahlberg Members Only
  • Panel Discussion - Geronimo Akerlund Members Only
  • Mobile News introduction - Justyna Kurczabinska Members Only
  • Lost in mobile - Mika Rahkonen Members Only
  • Welcome - Jean-Paul Philippot Members Only
  • ZIB100 - ORF News “to go” - Jakob Weichenberger Members Only
  • Newsgathering Tools - Morwen Williams, Geoff House Members Only
  • Introduction Day 2 - Sarah Ward-Lilley Members Only
  • Data Journalism Introduction - Benoit Balon-Perin Members Only
  • Data Journalism, how to unearth editorial treasures - Jakob Weichenberger Members Only
  • Data Journalism - Pierre Nicolas Schwab Members Only
  • UGC Validation project - Michael Wegener Members Only
  • Data Journalism Q&A Members Only
  • HbbTv2.0 - Roland Warmbein Members Only
  • HbbTv 2.0 - Klaus Merkel Members Only
  • Hbbtv 2.0 - Bettina Heidkamp Members Only
  • Connected Cameras - Morten Brandsrup Members Only
  • Connected Cameras - Tom Cocker Members Only