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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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Meet us @ Digility 2017

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When?: July 5-6

Where?: Cologne, Germany

What is it?

Digility is a conference and expo that aims to cover “all topics fusing digital content with reality” and “the whole value chain of virtual and augmented reality”.

Date

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Meet us @ News Impact Summit Hamburg

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When: 29 June, 2017

Where: Hamburg, Germany

What is it?

The News Impact Summit (NIS) is a series of events organized by the European Journalism Centre and Google News Lab. Its overall aim is to “bring together international media experts with local news communities to focus on how new technology, tools and methods can change the way journalists work in the newsroom.” The upcoming meeting in Hamburg has adopted the motto “Truth, Tech & Community: Building Bridges to Foster Journalism Innovation”.

Date

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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Meet us @ IRT Symposium

When: 27–28 June, 2017

Where: NDR, Hamburg, Germany

What is it?

This two-day expert symposium AI and Deep Learning in the Media Future features practical applications and developments across diverse topical areas, ranging from robot journalism and data-mining to intelligent assistants.

Date

Monday, June 26th, 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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Drones in media production: Creating a new look and feel

This year, we have started working on a new (EU co-funded) project called MultiDrone. One of our goals in this project is to develop a specific drone cinematography aiming for new visual experiences by operating multiple camera drones at the same time. This will take a lot of testing, and failing, and testing again in order to achieve this goal.

Date

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Meet us @ Global Media Forum 2017

When: 19–21 June, 2017

Where: World Conference Center & Deutsche Welle HQ, Bonn, Germany

What is it?

GMF is a place where journalists, media managers, tech experts, NGO representatives, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, civil servants and politicians get together to discuss the role of the media in a globalized world. To foster interdisciplinary exchange, GMF offers a wide range of panel discussions, workshops, networking sessions, interactive presentations and exhibitions as well as a top-notch leisure-time program.

Date

Wednesday, June 14th, 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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