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New interactive Fader VR report: The effects of climate change in Europe

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Beta testing digital tools is fun. Beta testing digital tools can also be strenuous, which is why most beta testers stick to a testing schedule and rarely add new work packages. However, much to our delight, our colleague Ole Krogsgaard at Euronews did exactly that: After significantly contributing to the scheduled Fader VR story on the French election launched by Euronews and Vragments last month, he decided that the VR/360 platform our consortium is trying to build should also play a part in his next project. So he took a collection of Euronews 360 footage on the effects of climate change in Europe — and turned it into a Fader story. Because “it just made sense.”

Date

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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Create video transcriptions, translations, and voice-overs with just one tool: speech.media

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Since we’re part of a multilingual media company, Human Language Technologies (HLT) have been a focus in our projects for more than a decade. Truth be told: Results haven’t been anywhere near operational requirements. Up until now.

Following a mash-up concept – i.e. a concept of combining existing tools rather than designing new software from scratch – Latvian News Agency LETA and we have teamed up for a very promising project called speech.media.

It’s funded by the Google Digital News Initiative (DNI) and aims to create an innovative prototype platform able to handle a full workflow of automated processes of transcription, translation, and voiceover in a large number of languages.

Date

Friday, June 9th, 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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Fader 2.0: What the consortium has been up to (I)

As we enter the third month of the Fader 2.0 project, we’re happy to announce the development and marketing of our VR editor have been picking up steam. There have been discussions, meetings, workshops, and hacking sessions all over the place: Berlin, Bonn, Lyon, NYC, London, Munich – and picturesque Singen. Here’s a short summary of what the consortium has been up to.

Date

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Fader 2.0: Building a collaborative online platform for VR journalists

Photo: Moody College of Communication (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Remember Fader, the journalistic VR tool created by Vragments? The prototype has only been online since December 2016 – and already the project is ready to move to the next level.

Date

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

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MultiDrone: Improving media production from above

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In times of low editorial budgets but increased appetite for spectacular video footage, journalism is looking for new ways to overcome restrictions in reporting large global events. With media technology rapidly becoming better and cheaper, new opportunities arise — such as the use of civil drones for new angles on video storytelling.

Date

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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euBusinessGraph: Foster and improve digital business storytelling

Q: Why is it currently so cumbersome to work with company data?
A: The European data landscape for company registries is highly fragmented and heterogenous. Getting data – especially across borders – is usually expensive, time consuming and error-prone.

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Ready do to some effective data digging: The euBusinessGraph team

euBusinessGraph, an ambitious new EU project, is trying to change the status quo.

Date

Tuesday, February 7th, 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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