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Journalism Product Development: Five Startup Tools To Untangle Business Complexity

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Photo by J Brew (CC BY-SA 2.0)

When creating new digital tools and systems for journalists, there are usually two main challenges: The first is to design and develop new functions and interfaces. The second is to understand and act on the business issues associated with the emerging product. This post is about the second challenge – which sometimes seems more difficult to tackle. Or even tends to be overlooked.

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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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.

Date

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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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.

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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Fader (Enterprise): What the consortium has been up to (II)

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Before we flip shut our laptops, pull off our slightly sweaty HMDs, and take a little summer break, it’s time for a quick recap of what team Fader* has accomplished in the last couple of months.

Date

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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Saying goodbye to MixedEmotions (in a happy mood)

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Using emotion detection to enable visionary applications – that’s what the MixedEmotions project was all about. Here’s a quick review of the EU H2020 innovation action that was successfully completed in May 2017.

Date

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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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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