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Agenda of scoopcamp 2017 unveiled

Journalists and media to focus on future of journalism in digital era at scoopcamp in Hamburg

The first items on the agenda of the upcoming ninth scoopcamp on September 28, 2017 have been announced in a press release Monday by which organises the conference with Deutsche-Presse Agentur dpa. Jigar Mehta, an expert on online videos, storytelling and digital strategies, will be presented with this year’s “scoop Award” for his achievements. Mehta is Senior Vice President Video of Fusion Media Group in San Francisco, which targets young, cosmopolitan, multi-cultural groups with intelligent online journalism. This year’s event will be held in Hamburg’s Theater Kehrwieder. Early bird tickets for the one-day event are available on

Social, economic and technical challenges

The “scoop Award” is presented to outstanding media entrepreneurs who link journalistic business models with digital technology in a remarkable manner. Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator of Culture and Media, said: “Journalism faces huge social, economic and technical challenges. The scoopcamp gives the debate on managing them an important forum.” Meinolf Ellers, Chief Digital Officer of dpa, added: “We are honouring Jigar Mehta – a pioneer of digital media. Regardless of, AJ+ or Fusion, he has successfully linked journalistic professionalism with the opportunities presented by new technologies and turned them into innovative formats that fascinate young target groups.”

Jigar was one of the masterminds behind Al Jazeera’s AJ+ offshoot where he led “engagement” and was previously among the founding team of Matter, a start-up accelerator and early stage venture capital firm that supports media entrepreneurship.

Agencies collaborating on global issues

Publishing companies, broadcasting stations and other content providers face untrodden paths and trends surrounding new tools, channels and formats and how to make these models profitable. The scoopcamp seeks answers to the digital revolution in the 21st century.

After keynote speeches, delegates will work on various trending issues in 60-minute group sessions. One of the first confirmed themes is called “Global Spotlights – how agencies work together on issues of global interest” with dpa representatives and the Minds Int. agency network. Another theme on the agenda is entitled “Integration in a nutshell – a digital social report on a hyper-local level,” moderated by experts at the Schleswig-Holsteinischen Zeitungsverlag (sh:z). More topics and keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

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