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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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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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