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Farewell Multidrone!

For more than three years we learnt how to fly.

A MultiDrone waits for liftoff, while team-members prepare in the background
We flew far and high, but we also had some crashes (fortunately, nobody was hurt). In the H2020 Research and Innovation Action MULTIDRONE, we developed a platform for autonomous drone flights and tested this platform in experimental media productions. Here’s a quick review of the project that was successfully completed with an excellent review in February 2020.

Date

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

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Digital verification – Lessons learned from social distancing

Rules are in place to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. One of them is called “social distancing” which helps to stop the transmission of Covid-19. What are the rules concerning Coronavirus information online?

Rules have been introduced across the globe about how to behave in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. One of these rules is called “social distancing” which helps to stop the transmission of Covid-19. It recommends we avoid crowds, take public transport at off-peak hours and keep physical distance to other people.

What are the rules concerning Coronavirus information online? Daily updates about the spread and protection of Covid-19 are crucial and easy to find – online – but not all of them are true. Sharing misinformation online is like refraining from social distancing; tempting, but it could harm people. So how can you contribute to stopping the transmission of dis- and misinformation about Covid-19?

Date

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

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More Solutions for Multilingual Newsrooms: DW at swihack

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Last month, DW participated in the swihack in Bern/Switzerland, hosted by SWI swissinfo.ch. Kay Macquarrie (of DW Innovation) and Elisabetta Tollardo (DW’s Head of Infographics) joined journalists, designers, developers and linguists, from the BBC, SWI, and NZZ to tackle some of the challenges faced by multilingual newsrooms. Participants spent two days developing solutions and better tools – ideally with an open source concept. In this post, we’re documenting the great work done by Kay’s and Elisabetta’s teams.

Date

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

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Artificial intelligence, human bias

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Quite often, errors in AI systems that lead to discriminiation can be traced back to human shortcomings. It’s a complex problem, and addressing it is imperative. That’s all the more true when you’re working for public institutions dedicated to fairness and civility.

Date

Monday, March 16th, 2020

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Better Templates for Visual Journalism Scrollytelling: 7 Protips

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To get their complex scrollytelling content up and running in a sustainable way, DW’s visual journalism unit had to make a huge effort – and start from scratch. In yet another guest post, Gianna-Carina Grün explains what her team learnt from building and improving a minimum viable product.

Date

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

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More Than Boring Numbers: Data Journalism on Social Media

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How might we best tell data-driven stories on social media? DW and the European Data Journalism Network (EDJNET) want to experiment with different approaches. A guest post by Kira Schacht and Gianna-Carina Grün.

Date

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

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SENSING meets DW ReCo: An interview with Anja Breljak and Vanessa Oberin on sensitive media, alarming digital trends, and the politics of innovation

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Good news, everyone! We were recently joined by two new interns: Anja Breljak and Vanessa Oberin. They are both PhD candidates at the Research Group SENSING and will support us
well into 2020. This interview (conducted by Alex Plaum) will tell you a little bit about Anja’s and Vanessa’s expertise, their interests, and ongoing project work at DW Innovation.

Date

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

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Interdisciplinary storytelling: Five Tips for Better Results

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Assembling designers, developers, journalists, and project managers to form an interdisciplinary storytelling unit (like DW’s visual journalism team) can be a beautiful and rewarding process – if you manage to find common ground, foster motivation, and keep everybody happy. Here’s a couple of tips on how to go about it.

Date

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

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Meet us @ Digitale Leute Summit 2019

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When: November 27th & 29th

Where: Palladium, Cologne, Germany

What is it?

The Digitale Leute Summit (digitale Leute = digital people) is a two-day conference focused on digital product development. It brings together professionals from a variety of backgrounds, e.g. software engineers, designers, product- and digital managers, startup CEOs).

Date

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

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LIMES workshop recap: The core concepts of live streaming, ideal formats, and next level news TV webcasting

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Last month, the LIMES consortium met for a workshop at the DW Lab in Berlin. Our goal (apart from discussing the status of the project): to try and create a basic concept for a new (augmented) live streaming format that would appeal to a modern news organisation – and to once again discuss the key question what live streaming is actually about. Here’s a summary of what we came up with.

Date

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

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