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13th News Assembly

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 will take place at the International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, on 12 and 13 November at the kind invitation of the BBC. The News Assembly will begin at 12:00 local time on 12 November and end at around 17:00 local time on 13 November.

Emily Bell to open News Assembly

We are delighted to confirm that renowned journalist and academic Emily Bell will open the 2018 News Assembly. Emily is the Founding Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism and is a leading thinker, commentator, and strategist on digital journalism.

Emily spoke to our colleague Anders Hofseth, acting editor of NRKbeta in a recent interview where she stated that "At the moment, I think public service media has got the most important role to play that it’s had at any point since the end of the 2nd World War."

News Report 2018 - 50 Ways to Make it Better

This year’s News Assembly will see 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 will be held in compliance with the EBU Bye-Laws.

Delegates are invited to elect one member of the News Committee for a term of office (2018-2019). The new committee member will take office immediately after the voting session during the News Assembly. Please find below more details on the process:


Candidates for the seat will be asked to briefly present their candidatures in session to the participants of the 13th News Assembly on Monday 12 November.  Watch or read each of the statements from the candidates who are running in this year's election:


Asun Gómez Bueno, TVE


Mateusz Piekut, SVT



Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Date: 12 - 13 Nov 2018

Register by: 23 Oct 2018

Members only


Accommodation details will be available at registration


Edinburgh International Conference Centre

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

Hosted by


Contact detail

Manuela Iulia Isaila
Senior News Producer