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.
DateTuesday, May 9th, 2017
DateTuesday, March 21st, 2017
DateThursday, March 16th, 2017
As the newest team member, my first task was pretty straighforward: talk to the colleagues, ask their opinion on what was in important in 2016, and familiarize myself with the formidable projects currently pursued by @dw_innovation. The material I collected turned out to be a very good basis for a year in review post. So here is exactly that.
DateTuesday, December 27th, 2016
On 20 Sep 2016 the REVEAL project, in which DW Innovation is heavily involved, conducted its final workshop. The full-day event was organised by the project consortium under the leadership of ATC’s iLab and DW Innovation Projects. Topic of the day: social newsgathering and verification of eyewitness media.
Almost 90 participants attended and joined in lively discussions about challenges and approaches regarding the use and verification of social media in news. Judging by the feedback received, and following comments on Twitter under the conference hashtag #smvw16, the day turned out to be a big success!
Two keynotes speeches kick off the workshop
DateFriday, September 23rd, 2016
Joining the initiative to streamline verification and increase news literacy
The First Draft News initiative is one of the leading actors or platforms in the field of social media newsgathering and verification of eyewitness media. Supported by Google News Lab and launched in mid-2015, the main aim of the undertaking is to portray the state of affairs in social newsgathering, provide training material and pool resources on the project website – launched in November 2015.
DateFriday, September 16th, 2016
Tagseyewitness media, First Draft News, InVID, News Initiative, Reveal Project, social media verification, UGC
Dealing with eyewitness media: challenges and solutions
When: 16 September 2016
Where: Plaza Resort Hotel, Athens, Greece
What is it?
On Friday 16 September 2016 the REVEAL project consortium is hosting a one day workshop south of Athens, Greece, in which participants will raise and discuss various aspects of social media verification. This includes showcasing how technology can aid in the process.
DateThursday, September 8th, 2016
In the EU funded InVID project we are working hard on solutions to make verification of User Generated Video (UGV) easier and more trustworthy. Right now there are only a few tools to help journalists verify the authenticity of video materials from Social Networks. InVID aims to fill that gap, providing the means with which verification of UGV becomes easier and therefore allows journalists to use (more) trustworthy UGV in their reporting.
DateWednesday, August 10th, 2016
The current US election is getting huge attention – as the potential candidates are more polarizing than ever before. The campaigns are public feuds, fought via all available social media channels.
But: what if we could predict, quite accurately, what the outcome of the election on November 8 will be? If all the guessing could be substituted by an objective view based on a sophisticated statistical model? This is what PollyVote does: the “evidence based election forecasting model” uses multiple predictions, aggregates the data and ultimately compute a prediction on who will win the election.
DateMonday, April 4th, 2016
Short and tweet: Five tweets from last month you shouldn’t miss.
We spend quite some time reading social news from around the web and there is lots of good stuff out there. We’d like to share what we found: Here’s our list from January.
DateThursday, March 3rd, 2016