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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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Call for participation: Global Data Journalism Survey 2017

Photo: Hugo Chisholm (CC BY-SA 2.0)

If you are a journalist, what is your approach to data?

Date

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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DW Innovation Projects 2016: Don’t memo — demo!

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Inno Team’s Eva Lopez testing output created with the alpha version of VR editor Fader

As the newest team member, my first task was pretty straighforward: talk to the colleagues, ask their opinion on what was in important in 2016, and familiarize myself with the formidable projects currently pursued by @dw_innovation. The material I collected turned out to be a very good basis for a year in review post. So here is exactly that.

Date

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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REVEAL Workshop Review & Resources

On 20 Sep 2016 the REVEAL project, in which DW Innovation is heavily involved, conducted its final workshop. The full-day event was organised by the project consortium under the leadership of ATC’s iLab and DW Innovation Projects. Topic of the day: social newsgathering and verification of eyewitness media. 

Almost 90 participants attended and joined in lively discussions about challenges and approaches regarding the use and verification of social media in news. Judging by the feedback received, and following comments on Twitter under the conference hashtag #smvw16, the day turned out to be a big success!

Two keynotes speeches kick off the workshop

Sam Dubberley. Image by Jochen Spangenberg

Sam Dubberley

The day started off with a keynote by Sam Dubberley, co-founder of Eyewitness Media Hub and former Head of the Eurovision’s News Exchange.

Date

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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REVEAL and InVID partnering with First Draft News

Joining the initiative to streamline verification and increase news literacy

The First Draft News initiative is one of the leading actors or platforms in the field of social media newsgathering and verification of eyewitness media. Supported by Google News Lab and launched in mid-2015, the main aim of the undertaking is to portray the state of affairs in social newsgathering, provide training material and pool resources on the project website – launched in November 2015.

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Date

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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Meet us @ REVEAL UGC verification workshop

Dealing with eyewitness media: challenges and solutions

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When: 16 September 2016

Where: Plaza Resort Hotel, Athens, Greece

What is it?
On Friday 16 September 2016 the REVEAL project consortium is hosting a one day workshop south of Athens, Greece, in which participants will raise and discuss various aspects of social media verification. This includes showcasing how technology can aid in the process.

Date

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Video Verification Workflow Analysis

In the EU funded InVID project we are working hard on solutions to make verification of User Generated Video (UGV) easier and more trustworthy. Right now there are only a few tools to help journalists verify the authenticity of video materials from Social Networks. InVID aims to fill that gap, providing the means with which verification of UGV becomes easier and therefore allows journalists to use (more) trustworthy UGV in their reporting.

Date

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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2016 US Elections: PollyVote Predicts the Winner

The current US election is getting huge attention – as the potential candidates are more polarizing than ever before. The campaigns are public feuds, fought via all available social media channels.

But: what if we could predict, quite accurately, what the outcome of the election on November 8 will be? If all the guessing could be substituted by an objective view based on a sophisticated statistical model? This is what PollyVote does: the “evidence based election forecasting model” uses multiple predictions, aggregates the data and ultimately compute a prediction on who will win the election.

PollyVote Webpage

Date

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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