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Fader: What the consortium has been up to (IV)


Hello and welcome to the latest update on Project Fader Enterprise.


Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


DW Research & Cooperation Projects 2017: Our Year in Journo Tech

Another year in the world of digital media research and news innovation is coming to an end — and those of us still at the office decided to look back on personal highlights. Here’s what seemed important in 2017.


Thursday, December 28th, 2017


Dreaming of a VR Christmas: Fader project and network of media enthusiasts launch immersive advent calendar


Update 13/12: To make sure #VRcalendar still runs on standard mobile devices and with slower internet connections, we decided to split it. There are now two parts (= two different links) with 12 windows each:
Part 1 covers December 1st – 12th (original link).
Part 2 covers December 13th – 24th (new link).

In the scope of the DNI project “Fader”, partners Vragments, DW Innovation, Euronews, and numerous members of the international VR community, most notably VR/AR expo organizers DIGILITY, launch their first VR/360 advent calendar today. The experimental Xmas experience will eventually feature 24 immersive stories/scenes and can be viewed on a wide range of devices.


Friday, December 1st, 2017


Fader: What the consortium has been up to (III)

No worries: The summer break is long over. It only took us a while to write a thorough Fader update post. Because everybody in the consortium (DW Innovation, Euronews, Vragments) has been really busy.
We – or more precisely: the alpha geeks among us — gave the editor/platform a couple of cool new features. We also attended and/or hosted several interesting VR/360 events in the last couple of months. And we made sure Fader won’t run out of fresh content anytime soon.

Here’s a quick overview of what we’ve achieved since the beginning of August.


Wednesday, October 25th, 2017


Meet us at VR Pop-up Week and VR Conference 2017


When? September 11th – 15th (Pop-up Week), September 22nd (Conference)

Where? Berlin

What is it?

VR Pop-up Week = seven days full of virtual reality madness in the heart of Kreuzberg. There will be (spontaneous) workshops, showcases, beer, and nerd talk. VR Pop-up Week is very informal and free of charge. This is a VR playground.
VR Conference = a one day event that brings together all kinds of VR enthusiasts (journalists, storytellers, media innovators, techies) to share experiences and seek inspiration. This is much more structured and focused, and you will need to purchase a ticket.


Thursday, September 7th, 2017


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Meet us @ INTERACTIVE Festival 2017


When: August 16th & 17th

Where: Cologne

What is it?

INTERACTIVE Festival is an interesting mix of talks, sessions, and workshops focusing on “trends and ideas in the digital sphere”, or more specifically: “their potential as well as their potential consequences.


Monday, August 14th, 2017


Meet us @ Digility 2017


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”.


Monday, July 3rd, 2017


New interactive Fader VR report: The effects of climate change in Europe


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.”


Friday, June 16th, 2017


Fader 2.0: Euronews and Vragments launch special French election VR story


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.


Wednesday, May 17th, 2017


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.


Tuesday, May 9th, 2017