Autumn Meeting 2017
6 – 8 November, Barcelona (Spain)

The meeting will be held at

TRYP Barcelona Apolo hotel
Avinguda del Paral·lel, 57-59, Barcelona
More about it in the web.

Monday, 6 November, – Wednesday, 8 November

Meeting sessions from 9:00 to 18:00 (local time)

Outline of topics:

The Art and Science of Practical Metadata

Metadata makes content usable – enriching search, enabling navigation and letting news publishers and consumers slice up content into relevant subsets. But what types of metadata should be applied? What is the best way to apply that metadata to content?

A discussion of the practicalities of metadata for the news and media industry. Topics include:

  • What types of metadata are useful for which use cases?
  • What are the pro’s and con’s of the different techniques for applying metadata – by hand, rule-based, statistical, Machine Learning, Deep Learning…?
  • Do different media types require different types of metadata? Text, photo, video, audio, AR, VR… How do harmonize across the different media types, e.g. for search?
  • Exactly how much metadata do you need? How do you strike the right balance between completeness and efficiency? Should metadata be maintained and delivered together with the content or independently (e.g. as sidecar XML or via an API)?
  • Keeping metadata fresh – how do you manage the metadata applied to content over time – as stories evolve during the news cycle and in your archive of published material?
  • For an individual item, do you need metadata about the metadata – for example to track the changes to metadata, where it came from or to deal with contradictory metadata?
  • What kinds of metadata are useful to drive content analytics?

If you are interested in joining this discussion as speaker or as member of a panel discussion let us know about that by 30 September 2017:

System Vendors and News Exchange

What’s called news exchange is in most cases news distributed by a provider to its clients. In fact there is another party in the middle: all the clients are using an editorial system and in many cases this is a product provided by an editorial system vendor.

At the Autumn Meeting a discussion between editorial system vendors – it’s great that some of them are IPTC members – and news providers – the majority of IPTC members – will be organised.

The goal is to have a pragmatic view on the distribution of news:

  • What about the format of the content: ok, or is a specific format needed by clients but currently not delivered?
  • Metadata are used by the clients for which purpose, which metadata fields are relevant, which not.
  • What about a categorisation by vocabularies supporting to associate ads for online display
  • Having a look at the overall data formats used by news agencies for delivery: what should be improved, what is missing
  • What facets of the news exchange are considered by the clients/system vendors as efficient or not efficient

We invite vendors of editorial systems for news to contribute to this discussion. Please let us know about your interest by 30 September 2017: 

Automating News – Speed is nothing without Accuracy

Reporters and editors all agree that Accuracy is fundamental to good journalism. But when it comes to emergency news in the 24 hour news cycle, they face a huge dilemma: can Accuracy be compromised for Speed, and if so, to what extent.

As the information age moves to more automated news production, the challenge is further complicated by the need to balance Speed, Efficiency and Value – without the real time human control of Accuracy.

At the Autumn Meeting, various news providers will present insights into their news automation capabilities and challenges. Topics include:

  • Motivation: Why automate? Competitive edge? Enabling breadth of coverage? Resource efficiencies?
  • Candidates: What areas of news can/should be leveraged for automation? Market data? Full news stories? News update notification?
  • Accuracy: How does Speed impact Accuracy, whilst delivering Efficiency and Value?
  • Control: What can be truly automated? When is a human handbrake required?
  • Responsibility: What is the impact of delivering potentially market-moving news? What are the implications of incorrect automation?

We invite news providers to join this discussion. Please let us know about your interest by 30 September 2017: 


Trust in the Media

Surveys around the world indicate declines in confidence that mass media report the news fully, accurately and fairly.

At the Autumn Meeting these facets of trust in the media should be discussed:

We invite parties supporting the trust in the media to join this discussion. Please let us know about your interest by 30 September 2017: