The much-anticipated Nigeria’s edition of Editors Lab Hackdays by the Global Editors Network, GEN, begins today at Vanguard Newspapers, Lagos.
Journalists, web designers, developers and other media practitioners from top media houses, including ThisDay, Daily Trust, The Nation, The Nigerian Tribune, Channels Television, TVC, Tell Magazine, The News, Leadership, The Sun newspapers, Nigerian Info Radio and Premium Times will participate in the two-day event.
Participants are also expected from the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University and the Mass Communication Department, University of Lagos, UNILAG.
The event, sponsored by Google, will gather around teams representing a variety of media platforms (print, digital, broadcast), to develop digital tools for journalists on the theme New Ways to Cover Elections Online and Through Social Media.
According to GEN, each team will include a journalist, a developer and a designer, who will strive to build a working prototype of news application or digital service during the event.
According to the organiser, no previous work or preparation is needed for participating in the event to be hosted by Vanguard.
The Editors Lab is a worldwide series of hackdays hosted by some of the world’s leading newsrooms, which ends in an international two-day final Hackathon at the GEN Summit, on 11 to 13 June in Barcelona, Spain.
It aims at addressing the need for more collaborative innovation in newsrooms and facilitating the generation of new ideas, while providing best practice mentoring from industry leaders.