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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.

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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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Meet us @ International Journalism Festival XI

When: April 5-9, 2017

Where: Perugia, Italy

What is it? A Mecca for journalists, journalisms students, media scholars, and media agencies who convene to discuss new ideas, concepts, and tools that can improve their work. The festival and its keynotes and workshops are free of charge.

Date

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

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Call for participation: Global Data Journalism Survey 2017

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If you are a journalist, what is your approach to data?

Date

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Meet us @ EBU Big Data Conference 2017

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When: March 21st and 22nd

Where: Geneva, EBU headquarters

What is it? The Big Data Conference hosted by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) brings together journalists, academics, tech people, legal experts and marketers to discuss the different challenges and opportunities that arise in the context of using big data for public service media in Europe.

Date

Friday, March 10th, 2017

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Fader 2.0: Building a collaborative online platform for VR journalists

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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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Meet us @ Crossmedia-Tag #5

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When: February 17th

Where: Deutsche Welle, Bonn

What is it? A conference and networking event for both journalists and media managers interested in new tech, tools, and strategies in the realm of multi-platform publishing. Crossmedia-Tag is organized by netzwerk medien-trainer.

Date

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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