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Hack the newsroom: Innovation adventures in Berlin and Paris

One win plus loads of positive new insights: Members of the innovation team took part in two “Hackathons” organized by the Global Editors Network in June 2013. The goal was to develop prototypes of novel data-driven applications usable for newsrooms in two days. In Berlin the team consisting of Xiegong Fischer (Editor at Deutsche Welle), Cosmin Cabulea and Mirko Lorenz (Innovation projects) presented an application called “I pay this, you pay that” in order to

Date

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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5 Big Links – June 2013

What is happening in the Media Innovation landscape? With 5 Big Links we will inform you monthly about the big stories we see out there.

Right to privacy anno 2013: Academic research studies & reports on the state of digital privacy.

The signal & the noise: journalism & the future of crowd-sourced reporting after the Boston marathon bombings. An e-magazine by Nieman Reports.

Innovations issue online now! Using HTML5 and responsive design the New York Times brings magazine experience to the web.

Defend your data! Journalist guide to information security.

Learning by statistics: How to use Youtube successfully. Don’t miss the detailed 2013 study!

(Ruben Bouwmeester)

Date

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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Social media research tools for journalists

A workshop at DW’s Best Practice Day 2013

photo by Jason A. HowieJournalists increasingly involve social media in their work. Initially, the focus was on publication, self-promotion, user engagement and audience feedback. Now the research aspect is catching up. Not just for breaking news:

Date

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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5 Big Links – May 2013

What is happening in the Media Innovation landscape? With 5 Big Links we will inform you monthly about the big stories we see out there.

Journalistic Accountability: Churnalism discovers when news copies from other sources.

Interactive storytelling at its best. Boston Moment by NYT.

Losing $136 billion over one single tweet.

When everyone is an eye-witness, what is a journalist?

Mood measurement for groups: Smile, you’re on camera!

(Ruben Bouwmeester)

Date

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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CoSyne Automated Translation & Synchronization software available

CoSyne presents Merging KnowledgeThe CoSyne project (Multilingual Content Synchronization with wikis), in which Deutsche Welle Innovation takes part, is nearing its end. CoSyne targets to find a solution to the current problem of comparing and updating wiki pages on the same subject in different language versions.

DW Innovation has made a short film to get you up to date on the challenges we find in Machine Translation.

Date

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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Explore Germany with Raphael

Deutschland im wandelAs part of a multimedia project, Deutsche Welle has addressed the structural changes of Germany, especially after the re-unification. The project covers the topic from various angles, looks into specific sectors and offers an interesting picture of how Germany as a location for business and for industry varies in different regions. Besides interviews, picture galleries and videos, the editorial team wanted to offer a visualization that can

Date

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

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5 Big Links – April 2013

What is happening in the Media Innovation landscape? With 5 Big Links we will inform you monthly about the big stories we see out there.

1. The biggest lie on the web is “I have read and agree to the Terms”. Understanding terms & privacy policies..

2. True impact of journalism. How do we measure it? By Ben Colmery.

3. Is this real? How to fact check Social Media? Internet research skills every journalist needs.

4. Expected innovations. Liquid Journalism and Dynamic Storytelling emerge in 2013. Mind-bending interactive story approaches available right now!

5. Mobile World Congress: news media will have to fight to stay in the game. The huge growth of video streaming points to a great opportunity for the media industry.

(Ruben Bouwmeester)

Date

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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Access to European Television Heritage XL

EUscreenXL aggregates a comprehensive amount of professional audiovisual content provided by European broadcasters and television archives and makes it accessible. Also through the European digital culture portal, Europeana.

The EUscreen project has put more than 30.000 televisual items online to make historical audiovisual content widely accessible. The project’s successor, EUscreenXL, will invest even more in online accessibility of European Television Heritage. It will extend the core collection for another 20.000 high quality TV items and it will make more than 1.000.000 metadata sets of the consortiums 22 content partners’ collections searchable and accessible on Europeana to serve broadcast professionals, media researchers and the general public.
The consortium is coordinated by the University of Utrecht and brings together 32 partners from 21 EU member states.

Deutsche Welle is a content partner and additionally contributes to validation and dissemination.

The project runs from Mar 2013 – Feb 2016.

Bring me to the EUscreenXL portal.

Date

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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Making data-driven journalism fast and easy – Datawrapper

DatawrapperJournalists use statistics on a nearly daily basis, but visualizing data is a different story.

With a boom in tools and apps to generate infographics and more, this could be changing. One such tool is Datawrapper, developed by Deutsche Welle New Media and one of the 2012 Winners of African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC). It is a prime example of getting a good working and scalable product out of an externally funded project.

“It’s a tool for getting started with data-driven journalism,” says Mirko Lorenz who is the driving force behind the project and part of the innovation team of new media. “We didn’t just want to make showy charts, it’s really about the right diagram for the data at hand.”

Editing desks around the world have been experimenting with the tool, including the Guardian data blog, Le Monde, a Dortmund regional newspaper – and

Date

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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4 Big links – Jan 2013

What is happening in the Media Innovation landscape? With 4 Big links we will inform you monthly about the big stories we see out there.

1. Cloud computing in the EU. There is a chance to create 2,5 Million new jobs until 2020, says Neelie Kroes.

2. Curation is hot. It is about collecting and linking. One good example is “Brain Pickings”, here is how they do things.

3. Dissemination made fun. How do journalists report about complex issues? One refreshing idea is to rap about it.

4. Innovation in Media. The “Huffington Post” is super-successful. What is their story?

(Ruben Bouwmeester)

Date

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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