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News Contacts Meeting 2017

The Eurovision News Contacts Meeting brought together delegates from news, sports, special events and digital media for two days of sharing, learning and networking. The Editorial Subcommittee welcomed participants to the 2017 meeting taking place in Rome, Italy.

The meeting took place at the beautiful A.Roma Hotel, which is conveniently located only 20 minutes from Fiumicino airport.

The first day of the 2-day networking event started at 9:30 CET on 18 May and included sessions on Digital Transformation in the Newsroom and our User Generated Content Verification Network (UGCVN). The second day focused on practical aspects of the EVN Exchange and ended with a hands-on UGC workshop. 

Venue and Accomodation

A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel
Via Giorgio Zoega, 59
Roma 00164

You'll be able to book your room during the registration process.


  • Digital News Trends - Kevin Anderson, member of the Eurovision Academy Faculty Members Only
  • NRK - Has the EVN Desk gone digital? - Marit Moi, Adviser and International Relations News Coordinator at NRK Members Only
  • BBC - Has the EVN Desk gone digital? - Simon Ward, Assignment Editor at BBC News Members Only
  • How your newsroom can benefit from the UGC Verification Network expansion - Derek Bowler, Eurovision Digital Subeditor Members Only
  • #Fakenews: an overview of current fact-checking initiatives - Ezra Eeman, Head of the EBU Digital Unit Members Only
  • Sports News - Ine Bjolseth, Sports News Editor Members Only
  • Special Events - Lance Newhart, Special Events Manager (Eurovision Media Services) Members Only
  • Special Events - MHER Presentation - Elena Pinardi, Media House EBU Rome Managing Director and Rome Bureau Chief Members Only
  • EBU - Should we call it ‘Digital News’? - Luis Jimenez, Eurovision News Producer and Digital News Lead Members Only
  • NOS - Should we call it ‘Digital News’? - Jonna ter Veer, Head of Social NOSop3 Members Only
  • VRT - Should we call it ‘Digital News’? - Nicolas Vlaeminck, Social Media Editor at VRT Members Only
  • Interactive Session - EVN and Agencies - Cathy Milner, Head of RTE Foreign Desk Members Only
  • Interactive Session - Rules revision - Benoit Balon-Perin, Chair of the EBU News Committee & Digital Workflows Manager at RTBF Members Only
  • Eurovision Social Newswire - UGCVN Video Members Only
  • Gunnar Hoidahl Award Nominees Members Only
  • DKDR - Has the EVN Desk gone digital Members Only
  • DEARD – #Fakenews Members Only
  • 100 Days of Trump and the Media Members Only
  • Trump and the Media US Correspondents (1) Members Only
  • Trump and the Media US Correspondents (2) Members Only
  • Trump and the Media US Correspondents (3) Members Only
  • 2017 Sports News Eurovision 1 Members Only
  • 2017 Sports News Eurovision 2 Members Only
  • EBU - Julian Tarrant Intro Members Only
  • Sara Collado RTVE - EVN Interactive Session Members Only
  • MEHR Rome - Special Events Rome recap Members Only
  • MEHR Rome - EBU Rome Facilities Members Only