Covid-19: The ENEX Home Front

ENEX has seen many records broken as our partners cover the pandemic.

Like many of your HQs, ENEX’s operations have been converted to remote working with our virtual newsroom occupying kitchens, living rooms, and balconies.

In March, a record total number of 1,900 video items were broadcast by ENEX’s 55 global partners.
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Next level up for ENEX Discovery

Luxembourg, 18 November 2019 – ENEX, an association of the world’s leading commercial broadcasters who share their news content and production resources, today announced the next phase of its rapidly growing social media newsgathering operation ENEX Discovery, joining forces with its partners to create a truly global service.

ENEX Discovery was launched in January 2019 with the appointment of Digital News Editor
Colm McGlinchey to source and verify online user-generated news content and to secure publication rights for its partners.

Now, ENEX Discovery has created a new online community which will include experienced journalists from its 57 partners around the world ensuring that user-generated material is being sourced and cleared for use – around the world and around the clock.

Originally, around 30 videos were being cleared each week by the teams in Luxembourg, Colombia and Australia. That figure now exceeds 230 videos per month and continues to rise.



Mark Evans
, Head of News at ENEX, says: “Up until now, ENEX’s newsrooms in Luxembourg, Colombia and Australia have been sourcing and clearing social media content for fast, safe use by all its partners. Now it is time to use the full power of the network to have partners clearing video for each other. It’s faster and more efficient and the potential for growth is huge. Restrictions of newsroom budgets and manpower and the explosion of social media content means this is a vital element of the future of newsgathering.”

 

The new global community also allows for the exchange of information, best-practice techniques and increased efficiency in alerting colleagues to fakes, deep fakes and mislabelled content. ENEX Discovery will be further formalised with a gathering of expert social media journalists from across the ENEX network in March 2020. The service is an addition to ENEX’s traditional role in exchanging self-sourced content across its global partner base and sharing production facilities.

 

Through the use of watermarking technology – which can identify exactly which video is being used on TV and where – the ENEX Discovery team can focus sharply on the right content and the right subjects. Thanks to this same tracking technology, ENEX Discovery can be sure of becoming an instrumental component in helping its partners cover breaking news stories as and when they happen. When Paris’ Notre Dame caught fire in April 2019, ENEX Discovery-sourced video was some of the fastest and most-used content of 2019. Equally, the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong are fertile ground for uncovering video that is not always safe for partners to cover themselves.

 


For further information please contact:

ENEX                                     
Mark Evans
H
ead of News
Phone: +352 691 992 198
mark_evans@enex.lu

Olà Lisboa: General Assembly 2019 hosted by SIC

2019’s edition of the ENEX General Assembly was hosted by SIC Portugal in the beautiful city of Lisbon. For the last three meetings, ENEX has been fortunate to have the participating country’s President address the meeting. Lisbon was no exception as Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke to the conference about the many challenges affecting Europe in the years ahead.

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ENEX Tech leaders met in Paris

What is over the horizon for technology for broadcast and digital journalism? ENEX Tech leaders met in Paris to share some of the answers.  More than 50 delegates from across the ENEX partnership group discussed innovations in Mobile Journalism (MOJO), the latest trends studio graphics and the new innovations in satellite technology.

There’s a lot going on at ENEX too with delegates learning more about the creation of the company’s new website and integration with AWS cloud services. Next year’s meeting is already scheduled to be at Red Bull Media House’s new media facility in Salzburg.

ENEX moves into Morocco

ENEX is continuing its expansion in the Middle East and North Africa by signing a new partner in Morocco.  MAP is Morocco’s leading news agency which also has plans to launch a full 24-hour news television channel in the near future.

MAP has newsgathering offices around the world and extensive links with most West African countries.  The cooperation partnership was signed in Rabat by ENEX’s Hamza El Attar, who is responsible for Enex Middle East Operations.

MAP’s Director General, Khalil Hachimi Idrissi welcomed the deal and the opportunities for international Enex content to reach Morocco and news from the region to be distributed to Enex’s partner stations. 

ENEX Media Collaborations – Backstage IGCF 2019

ENEX helps organisations and events to get their message out to a global audience. Take a look backstage at one of our partner collaborations in the United Arab Emirates and see what ENEX delivers.

GA Vilnius 2018: Session Videos Available On Our YouTube channel

Want to see some of the best conference sessions of our General Assembly in Vilnius in October 2018? Cyber warfare, Artificial Intelligence, Fake News and How to Survive Disruption all covered. Here’s the YouTube playlist link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

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ENEX signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Parliament in the run-up to next year’s European Elections

ENEX has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Parliament in the run-up to next year’s European Elections [May 23-26, 2019].

With Brexit approaching and volatile politics in many national elections, next spring’s European plebiscite is expected to be one of the most important and hotly contested in recent years. The MOU, signed by Jaume Duch, Director-General for Communication and Adrian Wells, Managing Director of ENEX, commits both organisations to cooperate in facilitating coverage of the elections for ENEX partners. Access to the EP’s audio-visual facilities, studios and interconnectivity is free for ENEX channels.

Attending the event were News Directors from CME stations including Venelin Pektov, bTV Bulgaria; Henrich Krejca, Markiza, Slovakia; Tjasa Slokar, POP TV, Slovenia; Kamil Houska, TV Nova, Czech Republic and Gabriela Popescu, Pro TV Romania.

All images:  (c) European Union/EP. Please find additional images on the website of the European Parliament :
https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/signing-of-memorandum-of-understanding-between-european-parliament-and-european-news-exchange-enex_EP-078884A_c

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ENEX Expands Further in the Middle East

As the Middle East again dominates the news agenda ENEX, has announced a series of further partnerships in the region. The expansion comes in three parts: a major agreement has been reached with a leading pan-Arab news agency to supply content, a new Jordanian television channel joins and, for the first time ever, ENEX will take on a wholly print and digital entity from Egypt into the group.

Arab 24, is headquartered in Amman, Jordan and is a leading independent Middle East and North Africa news-gathering agency covering key events and breaking news. Founded in 2015 the agency has rapidly expanded during a tumultuous period of news events in the region.  Adrian Wells, Managing Director of ENEX, said, ‘’Partnering with Arab 24 adds a new level to ENEX’s coverage of the MENA region. Arab 24 has on-the-ground expertise in some of the most difficult places to report in the world and we are delighted to bring their content to our members and work closely to grow our collaboration further.’’

Shadia Ajlouni, the Istanbul-based Regional Operations Manager for Arab 24 welcomed the move saying: ‘’The Arabic speaking region is characterized by unique political, social, cultural and linguistic nuances. Arab 24 has built keen competency in understanding this environment to bring to viewers across the globe a comprehensive picture of vital headline news stories and those that are otherwise overlooked, ignored or misrepresented. Our partnership with ENEX will enhance this even further.’’  The agency has fully equipped production teams in all the key regional capital cities and news hotspots and an office in Washington DC.

Al Ordon Al Yoom (Jordan Today)

ENEX’s global membership base now reaches 56 with the latest signing of Al Ordon Al Yoom (Jordan Today), one of Jordan’s leading commercial news channels. ENEX now has five Middle Eastern partners and talks on-going with a number of others.

The Middle East expansion follows similar regional growth in Latin America and Asia. ENEX has news editors based in Bogota, Colombia and Sydney Australia and has ambitions to locate a news editor in the Middle East to coordinate news activities.

Hamza Attar

The latest agreements were negotiated by ENEX’s MENA Operations Manager Hamza Attar who has previously worked in Egypt, Gaza and the United Arab Emirates.

ENEX has also reached outline agreement with the leading privately owned Egyptian newspaper and digital entity Al Masry Al Youm (The Egyptian Today). The newspaper is rapidly developing its digital edition and seeking to incorporate more video into its offer.

Enex has traditionally partnered with commercial broadcasters but this latest negotiation signals a move to broaden ENEX membership not just geographically but to other types of media entities.

GA 2018 Vilnius: One of the most exciting ENEX General Assemblies

Vilnius turned out to be one of the most exciting and interesting ENEX General Assemblies ever. The conference sessions included: how artificial intelligence is affecting the news industry, digital disruption, fake news, cyber warfare, augmented and virtual reality, oh and a private briefing with the President of Lithuania!

Even more revealing was the beautiful city of Vilnius and the warmth and professionalism of our hosts, LNK, Lithuania.

The GA keynote address was delivered by renowned author Dr Kjell Nordstrom whose theories include how the 85% of the world’s population will soon live in a number of super-sized cities.

ENEX General Assembly attendees meeting H.E. Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania at the President Palace in Vilnius

ENEX General Assembly attendees meeting H.E. Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania at the President Palace in Vilnius

ENEX MD Adrian Wells and Shadia Ajlouni, Regional Manager ABS Network sign new partnership agreement with Jordan’s Al Ordon Al Yoom channel

Talking about Fake News: Olaf Steenfadt, Reporters Without Borders Sonja Schwetje, RTL Rep. on European Commission HLG, n-tv Germany, Marc Schreuder, Deputy Editor in Chief, RTL 4 NL

New Cold War, Cyber War, Propaganda Panel. Moderated by: Dr. Margarita Seselgyte, Studies Director at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. Introduction by Donara Barojan, Assist. Director for R&D, Atlantic Council; Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania; Michail Kasyanov, former Prime Minister of Russia Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO

Welcome speech by ENEX Managing Director Adrian Wells

ENEX General Assembly attendees meeting H.E. Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania at the President Palace in Vilnius