Global Editors Network Promotes Quality in Journalism

By: Heidi Kulicke

Journalists around the world have a new forum to collaborate and foster ideas at Based in Paris, Global Editors Network (GEN) launched March 23 and is designed to unite editors as they press forward amid journalism’s changing landscape. GEN is a spin-off of the World Editors Forum (WEF) — created in response to the rapid acceleration of media convergence.

Former WEF president Xavier Vidal-Folch of the Spanish daily newspaper El País and vice president Harald Stanghelle of Norway’s Aftenposten have assumed the same roles within GEN.

Vidal-Folch said in a release that quality journalism is at risk, and therefore journalists must consider working together as the only solution to define a sustainable news model. “Gather editors with different knowledge, and start a dialogue with engineers, developers, and startup managers. By breaking down traditional barriers we will become innovative and relevant for our communities,” he said.

Founded by editors from developed and emerging countries, the purpose of GEN is to empower those working to preserve editorial quality when working with publishers, media owners, and news suppliers.

The association is based on the idea of cooperation among different types of media — ranging from print to digital to mobile to broadcast. “We are no longer competitors, but potential partners. If we manage to work together we’ll be able to create new tools for our newsrooms. That’s the goal of the Global Editors Network.”

An excerpt from the organization’s manifesto states: “We will stop acting like victims of disruptive technologies or lack of citizenship. We are optimistic about the new digital tools and the new channels of distribution offered to us as news producers.”

Furthermore, the organization’s conviction is that editorial quality and sustainable journalism will be saved by journalists and news producers themselves, which is why GEN has been created.

Board members are sharing their vision of quality journalism by accepting comments and suggestions from their colleagues and GEN members on ways to improve the first draft of the manifesto.

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