Outriders Summit – Story, First. Join us in Warsaw this September!

There are so many events that focus on journalism and media, but… as strange as it seems, it is hard to meet journalists at many of them. Publishers, editors, NGOs – these are the usual suspects. They all talk about how to support journalists at work. Now, what about organizing an event made by journalists for journalists?

That was our initial idea for how Outriders Summit should come along.

Storytellers first

The world is changing and so is journalism. More and more people working in the field are no longer “traditional journalists” and come from different backgrounds. They are bloggers, youtubers, designers, data scientists or activists united by one goal: to serve the public. We are particularly interested in that because Outriders team too is a mix of skills and experiences. We are a group of experienced reporters, designers, coders and editors who believe in journalism as a public service. We are not all straightforward journalists, and yet here we are – working on stories that matter, to us and our readers. We want Outriders Summit will be a tribute to storytellers and the stories they tell. The event will bring together reporters, journalists, and storytellers for game-changing talks, workshops, and networking. It will connect technology with the freedom of the press, innovative storytelling, art and culture showing how to use different tools to make your stories matter.

Story first

The theme of the first Outriders Summit is “Story, first”. Outriders focuses on international coverage of the complicated issues cutting through the borders of this interconnected world. Outriders brings global perspective, understanding and said in-depth coverage. Being aware of the changes media outlets face, we find new ways of telling stories by translating old forms into a digital language – reinventing contextual articles, using multimedia and interactive forms and building cross-border collaborations. We believe that the tools we use, as well as our methods of work, matter. And we are into that. We are into everything that enables you to convey a good story. Regardless of whether you are a journalist, a blogger, a youtuber or a photographer. The Summit will be a space where creators are going to share with other creators – their struggles with, and their strategies for, telling good stories. Apart from the Opening and Closing of the event, the Summit will consist of three tracks that correspond with that exactly: the challenges, the best practices, and the stories.

An Open Call for the latter will follow next Monday. We will be thrilled to receive your submissions. We are also excited that Hostwriter, non-profit connecting journalists around the world, decided to partner with us on the event and is going to award the Hostwriter Prize on the Summit’s stage.

The nitty-gritty

The event is taking place on September 26th at Iluzjon Cinema, a landmark of 1950s Warsaw, and it is preceded by the Digital Cultures (DC) conference (September 24-25). We have more than 200 spots available, waiting to be taken by journalists and creators. Go ahead, book your tickets!

Outriders Summit is organised in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Ashoka, Hostwriter and the Total Immersion Foundation. The full program will be announced at the end of July.

We believe that a healthy society needs healthy media.

We want to build that ecosystem together. Join us in Warsaw this fall!

Members involved
David Tvrdon
David Tvrdon is a podcast producer and product manager for online news at SME.sk in Slovakia. He started out in online marketing as a social media editor and copywriter. While working in digital…
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Emma Lacey-Bordeaux
Emma Lacey-Bordeaux is a writer and journalist working for CNN based in Washington D.C. At a moment of unparalleled political turmoil in the United States, she helps to ensure the…
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Georgiana Ilie
Georgiana Ilie is the editor-in-chief of Școala9 (New School), recently launched online journal in Romania on education, and writes and edits feature stories for DoR, an independent quarterly that explores…
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Guido Bülow
Guido Bülow has been working as a Head of News Partnerships for Central Europe since September 2015. Before joining Facebook, he was head of social media at SWR (ARD). Guido…
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Irene Caselli
Irene Caselli is a freelance multimedia journalist with experience in print and broadcasting. She reports for the BBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Univisión, and is…
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Kirsten Han
Kirsten Han is a Singaporean freelance journalist and Editor-in-Chief of New Naratif, a platform for Southeast Asian journalism, research, art and community-building. Her work often revolves around the themes of…
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Priyanka Borpujari
Priyanka Borpujari has been a journalist for 12 years and has been reporting on issues of human rights from different corners of India, El Salvador, and Indonesia. Her work has appeared…
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Qian Sun
Based in Berlin, Germany, Qian Sun works as a free-lance journalist for multiple media outlet in China and Europe. She mainly works for Phoenix TV, Hong Kong as a correspondent…
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Tabea Grzeszyk
Tabea Grzeszyk is co-founder and CEO of Hostwriter.org, a network that helps journalists to collaborate across borders. Since 2009, Tabea has been working as a freelance journalist, editor and book…
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Tassos Morfis
Tassos Morfis is a journalist and producer based in Athens, Greece. Tassos is the editor and co-founder of AthensLive, a non-profit, independent and on-the-ground source of English-language news, stories and…
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Tina Lee
Tina Lee is head of the Ambassador Network for Hostwriter.org and a freelance writer and researcher. She has worked for human rights organizations such as Praxis Belgrade and Human Rights…
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Tina Rosenberg
Tina Rosenberg
Tina Rosenberg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section. Her books include Children of Cain: Violence and the…
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Yasia Karalevich-Kartel
Yasia Karalevich-Kartel
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Agata Stafiej-Bartosik
Agata is an Ashoka Fellow since 2001. She is dedicated to reshaping public opinion by educating the civil sphere on the effective use of media. By working to create alliances…
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Andrew North
Andrew North is an award-winning multi-media journalist who has reported from all over the world and is currently Commissioning Editor for Codastory.com—overseeing its in-depth reporting on Disinformation. He also contributes to…
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Ann Marie Lipinski
Ann Marie Lipinski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, home to an international fellowship program and an innovative group of publications about…
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Beata Biel
Beata Biel
Beata Biel is a journalist and TV producer based in Krakow, Poland. In 2008 she received a Grand Press Award for the best TV documentary of the year; she was…
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Benjamin Novak
Benjamin Novak is an American journalist based in of Budapest, Hungary. He was the co-founder of The Budapest Beacon, an English-language news site covering current events in Hungary. The Budapest…
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Jakub Górnicki
Blogger and reporter passionated about new media, interactive storytelling and reporting projects. Graduated faculty of journalism at Warsaw University, specialised in Reportage Laboratory. He established Outriders to bridge cultures and…
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Martyna Rubinowska
Martyna has been in Ashoka since June 2015, first in charge of preparing the Social Innovation Map, later launching the Changemaker Schools program and selecting the first 6 schools. She…
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Rafał Hetman
Blogger and a reporter. For four years has been blogging about the non-fiction literature on his blog called CzytamRecenzuję.pl. Has published in „Gazeta Wyborcza”, „Polska the Times” daily and a…
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