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5 Big Links – October 2013

Short and sweet: Five links that lead to novel views about media, tech and innovation.

1. How Apple launched the iPhone with a mix of preparation and pressure. A rare look behind the scenes.

2. Why develop in the Newsroom? Hint: Journalists would not need to start from scratch day by day.

3. Open Source: How Facebook helps building new (better, cheaper) data centers.

4. Beautiful, nice to read, but headed for oblivion? Why visually attractive tablet magazines might be a failure.

5. Amazing: How data can be visualized by now. The ‘making-of’ a series of stunning visualizations for Foursquare.


Friday, October 11th, 2013


New video: Explore digital archives visually

Tired of prolonged searches and fast forwarding while looking for the right video segment? You want to be able to find variations of a certain image? Use novel search techniques like speech recognition, face detection and similarity search in order to quickly find what you are looking for!

The clip shows the vision of AXES. A key aspect of this EU project is to detect and extract visual data such as faces, objects, places and events.


Thursday, September 26th, 2013


5 Big Links – September 2013

On occasion we find these links to stories, cool content or good insights which are noteworthy, inspiring and eye-opening. Here is our most current list for September 2013.

1. From drumming up page views to building loyalty: How paywalls change a media brand, via Idea Lab.

2. Finalists of the Online News Assocation announcedinvest some time to read/see/watch great content.

3. When magazines are go from print to digital publishing, here is great advice on what needs to be considered, via

4. When you aim to visualize, simple is better. A very effective lesson why this is important, in just one .gif

5. Strange, but true: How illegal downloads shape the market for paid content, via The Week


Saturday, September 21st, 2013


New Storytelling and The Future of Journalism at scoopcamp 2013

On 12 and 13 September, German press agency dpa and media network Hamburg@work hosted scoopcamp 2013 in the Schmidt theatre on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. Around 280 people attended the event which focused on topics such as the current status and future of journalism, and new forms of storytelling. A key aspect of presentations and discussions was the disruptions as well as opportunities brought about by digitisation. The Deutsche Welle Innovations Team took a very active role in the event. By Jochen Spangenberg, Deutsche Welle 


Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


Presenting novel approaches for media clouds at IBC2013

Archives are not considered that important. Well, up until the moment when someone searches for something. One specifically difficult type of content is raw video footage. Can innovative media clouds help? Find out at IBC2013 in Amsterdam, from September 12. – 17. 2013, meet us at booth 14.380.


Thursday, September 12th, 2013


What is a Hackathon?

Caution, new word here: Hack-a-thon. The word describes one or two day gatherings of coders and non-coders to come up with new ideas. Following the nice notion of „demo, don‘t memo“ a Hackathon aims to produce clickable demonstrators in just two days.


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013


5 Big Links – August 2013

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

1. Are you a Stuffer or a Stringer? The 7 types of Hashtag Abusers, by #nymag.

2. Online news consumers in meticulous detail. The Digital News Report, by Reuters Institute.

3. Newstainment. Journalism & Video games coming together as a new form of storytelling, by Niemanlab.

4. The Age of the Algorithm. But what if they misbehave? Do we hand over too much power to machines? By The Guardian.

5. Ninja citizen journalists take on media monopolies. The Brazil protests on Government spending and Education, by DW.

(Ruben Bouwmeester)


Thursday, August 15th, 2013


DW Innovation heavily involved at Scoopcamp 2013

On 12 and 13 September 2013, the DW Innovations Project Team will descend on Hamburg to participate in Scoopcamp 2013, an event organised by dpa and Hamburg@work, with Deutsche Welle, Zeit Online and SHIZ as partners. Scoopcamp is dedicated to new forms of (digital) storytelling.

DW Innovation will take a very active role!


Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013


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


Monday, July 1st, 2013


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)


Friday, June 21st, 2013