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June 30, 2015, 2:36 p.m.

What’s the view from Europe on where news is headed? Check out these videos from Newsgeist

From digital security to metrics, algorithms to wearables, here’s some of what a bunch of journalists and technologists were thinking about at their recent Helsinki conference.

Newsgeist — formerly known, just as idiosyncratically, as Newsfoo — is an annual-or-so unconference/gathering of journalists, technologists, media execs, and other future-of-news types for discussion, mingling, and pretty good food. (I attended one a couple years back, so my food memories are a little hazy by now, I confess.) Put on by Google and the Knight Foundation, it’s a little on the secretive and exclusive side, so there’s always curiosity about what goes on there.

You can see some of that in the program or attendee list from the most recent Newsgeist, held in May in Helsinki for a largely European crowd. But one window into Newsgeist is the videos — for only a subset of sessions — that get posted a little later. Those Helsinki videos, most of them Ignite talks, have just gone up, thanks to Chris Shipley — check them out for an interesting (if rather overwhelmingly male?) set of ideas with a European flavor.

Nicolas Kayser-Bril of Journalism++, on why pan-European media has flopped:

Wilfried Runde of Deutsche Welle, “In Praise of Robots and Humans”:

Esra Doğramacı of the BBC on social media in Turkey:

Peter Hogenkamp of Newscron on why your mother is better than an algorithm:

Jack Riley of The Huffington Post UK on wearables for news:

Chris Moran of The Guardian on the hunt for the “God metric”:

Beniamino Pagliaro of Good Morning Italia on the scarcity of time:

Valtteri Halla of Leia Media on “killing the application”:

Justin Kosslyn of Google Ideas, on thinking about how your work gets used:

C.J. Adams of Google on digital security for journalists:

Kaius Niemi of Helsingin Sanomat, in conversation with Google’s Richard Gingras:

POSTED     June 30, 2015, 2:36 p.m.
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