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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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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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Using Emotions for watching TV

Joining the world of emotions with media consumption.
This is what MixedEmotion’s Social TV pilot aims at.

MixedEmotions – an EU-funded research project – brings emotion analysis to various businesses. We are developing an open source platform for the automatic detection of emotions in speech, audio, video, text and social media data – in multiple languages and with preservation of the semantic context of expressed emotions. The envisioned platform comprises modules for multilingual, multimodal emotion and sentiment detection, entity linking, topic detection and more!

Date

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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