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Team MULTIDRONE flies over “forbidden city” in Brandenburg

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In yet another cooperation with DW Travel, DW Innovation’s MULTIDRONE team has helped explore the “forbidden city” of Wünsdorf from the air.

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Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

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Truly Media tackles fake news ahead of German elections

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German Press Agency dpa and BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk), which is part of the ARD network of public service broadcasters, will use Truly Media to aggregate and verify UGC for their coverage about German federal elections in September. “We are using Truly Media to verify eyewitness content following the latest trends in technology. This helps us standardise and document all our verification efforts in a harmonised way across editorial departments”, says Stefan Primbs, Head of Social Listening and Verification at BR.

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Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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Supporting Video Verification with InVID

The InVID research project releases a plug-in that supports journalists in verifying videos

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One of the research projects in which we are involved is InVID – ‘In Video Veritas’. The project, running from 2016 until the end of 2018, deals with various aspects of video verification. This includes investigating legal aspects, supporting rights clearance processes, and above all the development and testing of tools and modules that support and part-automate the verification of videos.

Half-way into the project’s duration, the project is pleased that first results can be made available to the public and, in particular, the verification community.

Date

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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“Silver Medal” Won at Facebook Journalism Hackathon

A team from Deutsche Welle developed a data mining and visualization prototype at the event, helping editors better understand content and topics.

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Friday, August 4th, 2017

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SUMMA Monitoring Platform Prototype: Cross-Lingual Overview of DW Content in English

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Deutsche Welle certainly offers a lot of interesting content in 30 languages. Too bad we can’t understand most of it. Lucky there’s project SUMMA which has made major progress in the last couple of months and now offers a tool to digest all the news in one lingua franca.

Date

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

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MULTIDRONE Team produces drone feature for Deutsche Welle

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As part of its training program, our MULTIDRONE team has produced a first drone feature.

Date

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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news.bridge: Saving newsroom’s time spent on translation

Imagine a software using the newest technologies for translation, voiceover and other translation tasks for almost all languages spoken around the world. If a well-designed platform would be available, this could save editors thousands of hours each year, freeing resources for deeper reporting. Imagine further that these technologies are moving from research to the real world, as they are getting better quickly. This includes cross-translation from a large number of languages, including those that are “far away” from each other, such as English and Chinese, or Farsi and German.

Date

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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Drones in media production: Creating a new look and feel

This year, we have started working on a new (EU co-funded) project called MultiDrone. One of our goals in this project is to develop a specific drone cinematography aiming for new visual experiences by operating multiple camera drones at the same time. This will take a lot of testing, and failing, and testing again in order to achieve this goal.

Date

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Fader 2.0: Euronews and Vragments launch special French election VR story

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Fulfilling the DNI consortium’s mission to create a Fader story that uses special maps, templates, and new interactive features, our colleagues at Euronews and Vragments have just produced a VR reaction video recap of the French elections – and it’s quite exciting to watch.

Date

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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Two simple ideas that could help VR journalism move forward.

Photo: Guido van Nispen (CC BY 2.0)

Five years after Hunger in LA and two years after Clouds over Sidra, everybody in digital media seems to talk about VR/360 journalism, and a lot of news organisations have given the medium a test drive. However, only international top players like the New York Times are able to publish quality content on a frequent basis (nytvr, NYT 360 video channel) – and even they are ages away from reaching a significant number of viewers.

“VR news still has a poor understanding of its audience both in terms of content, content discovery, and attitudes to the technology”, writes Zillah Watson in a recent report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). She also states that “production costs are still high” while “monetisation remains a central challenge”.

While we certainly don’t have a masterplan to change those facts over night, we’d like to present two simple ideas that could help VR journalism move forward.

Date

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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