News Impact Academy

The News Impact Academy connects, supports and trains media professionals from European newsrooms.

What is the News Impact Academy?

The News Impact Academy is a two-day training that offers participants the opportunity to unleash their creativity and learn new ways to face some of the most pressing challenges in the journalism industry. The academies are organised by the European Journalism Centre and powered by the Google News Initiative.

The goal is to provide digital innovators with the necessary leadership skills by connecting them with each other and giving them tools to scale their ideas. We've organised 10 successful academies all around Europe since we started the programme in 2017.

Our 2019 locations and topics will be announced shortly.

How does it work?

The academies bring together 20 selected participants with different backgrounds and skillsets from various European newsrooms.

The programme offers:

  • Hands-on sessions to learn how to apply user-centered methodologies in the newsroom
  • Roundtables to define newsroom challenges and explore potential solutions
  • Ask Me Anything sessions and ignite talks with top innovation leaders
  • Networking events to connect with fellow digital innovators

Is the News Impact Academy for you?

The academies connect, support and provide training for media professionals from European newsrooms. All journalists and media professionals working in Europe* are eligible to apply. The selection procedure takes into account the relevance of the candidate's training aspirations in regard to the academy topic, as well as diversity considerations regarding geography, background, organisation, and skill-set of the applicant.

*In this context, the definition of "European" includes the 47 Council of Europe Member States

Key benefits for participants:

Reasons to attend the News Impact Academy:

  • meet and learn from leading global innovators
  • discover and master design methodologies that solve everyday challenges
  • develop leadership skills to help you get things done in your team
  • explore your topic of expertise with a diverse group of professionals
  • learn how other industries approach innovation

Key benefits for organisations:

Participants of the News Impact Academy acquire skills to drive innovation in the newsroom.
This will allow your organisation to:

  • increase staff motivation and retention through professional development
  • make connections and develop business opportunities
  • build capacity in your organisation to test new ideas quickly
  • bring in new critical perspectives for product development
  • create innovation evangelists without needing to restructure
  • “level-up” promising leaders without costing the earth

Join the News Impact Academy!

The Academy is aimed at digital editors, designers, product owners and developers, audience engagement managers, and other media entrepreneurs. We welcome applications from all creative minds in the media field who want to contribute to building a sustainable and innovative future for journalism.

The topics and locations of the 2019 academies will be announced shortly. Last year's editions focused on innovation around these topics:

  • Amsterdam - Design processes for news
  • Paris - Hyperlocal news & engagement strategies
  • Barcelona - Newsroom leadership
  • London - Product development for news
  • Warsaw - Membership-based revenue models

Application Procedure:

All journalists and media professionals working in Europe* are eligible to apply. Due to the limited number of available spots, applicants are asked to fill in an application form in order to be considered for the Academy. Selected participants will be able to attend the academies free-of-charge.

*In this context, the definition of "European" includes the 47 Council of Europe Member States

Further information:

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Meet our participants

Megan Lucero

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Thomas Seymat


Marie-Louise Timcke

Funke Mediengruppe

Mar Cabra

Formerly at ICIJ

Matilde Giglio

Compass News

Matej Praprotnik

RTV Slovenija

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