The annual News Assembly offers news directors, editors in chief and foreign editors the opportunity to network and to exchange views about improving coverage, reducing costs and adapting to the changing media market.

The 13th News Assembly took place at the International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, on 12 and 13 November at the kind invitation of the BBC.

News Report 2018 - 50 Ways to Make it Better

This year’s News Assembly saw the launch of the "EBU News Report 2018: 50 ways to make it better" bringing to you 25 solutions and 50 real examples on building engagement and trust in public service journalism.

“We don’t want to present just another depressing report on how bad things are. We set out to discover 50 inspiring examples of how you can make the news media better.  How you can build engagement and trust”, say the authors, Professor of Practice Atte Jääskeläinen and media consultant Maike Olij, both experienced former public service media professionals from Finland and the Netherlands.

To find the best solutions, the authors first examined the challenges with leading experts in media and then surveyed over 70 senior executives in public service media to get their perspective on workable solutions. During the process, they collected around 150 proposals for solutions for the problems identified from both within public media and outside. Finally, 50 of the best, from 24 countries, were selected and presented in the report together with insights from those involved.

News Committee Elections Members Only

Following the departure of Fiona Dodd (ITN) from the News Committee, an election was held in compliance with the EBU Bye-Laws.

Delegates were invited to elect one member of the News Committee for a term of office (2018-2019). Mateusz Piekut (SVT) was elected as new committee member and took office immediately after the voting session during the News Assembly.

Please find below more details on the process:


Accommodation details will be available at registration


Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange Edinburgh, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

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  • Opening Keynote - Watch on YouTube - Emily Bell, Director, Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, Columbia University
  • Opening Keynote - Emily Bell, Director, Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, Columbia UniversityMembers Only
  • EBU Activity Report 2018: News - Justyna Kurczabinska, Head of News Exchange & News Strategy, EBUMembers Only
  • Investigative Journalism - Aliaume Leroy, BellingcatMembers Only
  • Go Regional - George Gvimradze, GPBMembers Only
  • Introduction to the Eurovision Social Newswire - Derek Bowler, Head of Social Newswire, EBUMembers Only
  • Ethical Standards in Social Media Newsgathering - Derek Bowler, Head of Social Newswire, EBUMembers Only
  • Why are newsrooms perceived as leftist? - Tim Pauwels, VRT ombudsmanMembers Only
  • Can blockchain save journalism? - Christine Mohan, CIVILMembers Only
  • Best of the Youth News Exchange (YNE) - Anne Grosser Kornmann, Project Manager, EBUMembers Only
  • Artificial Intelligence: How to apply it - Ralf Jansen, S4mMembers Only
  • Artificial Intelligence: How to apply it - Thomas Menguy, WildmokaMembers Only
  • Artificial Intelligence: How to apply it - Johan Vounckx, EVSMembers Only
  • EBU Investigative Network - Olle Zachrison, Head of News and Current Affairs, SRMembers Only
  • EU Parliament Election 2019 and the Eurovision Debate - Jean Philip De Tender, EBU Media DirectorMembers Only
  • EBU Eyewitness News Principles and Guidelines Members Only