10th June 2016
By Stefanie Chernow

Global Editors Network Summit: Building Trust in the Digital Newsroom


The Ethical Journalism Network organised a round table discussion on Thursday 16 June at during the Global Editors Network Summit in Vienna to debate how media can build trust in the digital newsroom.

The EJN’s director of communications and campaigns, Tom Law was joined for the session by:

  • Geir Terje Ruud, founder of the Oslo Media House, Norway
  • Fatemah Farag, founder and director of Welad Elbalad Media Service, Egypt
  • Gordana Jankovic, Head of Department at Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – Mission to Serbia
  • Jonathan Heawood, CEO IMPRESS: The Independent Monitor for the Press, UK
  • Arne Jensen, Secretary general at Association of Norwegian Editors, Norway
  • Mario Orasche, CEO & Founder at 59seconds GmbH, Switzerland
Media Audits

The discussion looked into how the EJN’s ethical audit template, developed as part of our UNESCO project in the Western Balkans, could be used in various contexts. Following suggestions from Fatemah Farag on the gender component, the audit has been updated and can be found here. The participants are planning to trial the ethical audit with their partners and newsrooms and provide feedback to the EJN on how it can be further improved.

Quality Stamps / Benchmarks
Making self-regulation work in a variety of contexts was also discussed, with Jonathan Heawood from the UK’s alternative press regulatory body sharing his experiences and hopes that IMPRESS will help increase trust and accountability among the audiences of the news groups they are working.
Comments sections
The table talk also provided an opportunity to share ideas about how to address online abuse and hate speech in comment sections. There are plans to follow this up with a project later in the year.