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.
DateThursday, March 26th, 2020
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.
DateThursday, November 21st, 2019
Since January 2019, Deutsche Welle has a visual journalism team. One of its original members is our Eva Lopez. Time and again, people ask her what visual journalism is actually about, why it’s a good idea to support a team like this – and what it takes to keep things going. To discuss those and several other questions, Eva sat down for an interview with her colleague Gianna Grün, data journalism expert and lead coordinator of the new workgroup.
DateTuesday, October 8th, 2019
“I believe that drones can be used for good, I believe that they can be transformative” – a video interview with Johnny Miller
For a long time, drones were a) very expensive and b) almost exclusively used for spying, instilling fear, and killing people. This has significantly changed in recent years. While there’s – naturally – still a massive market for so-called military UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), drone production for the civil sector has increased as well: Several tech companies now offer peaceful flying gadgets that feature high quality propellers and cameras and are available for less than 1000 euros. Simultaneously, drones have become favorite tools for a dedicated scene of journalists, artists, and media innovators all over the world. One of them is Johnny Miller.
DateMonday, May 6th, 2019
TagsAfrican Drone, drone journalism, drones, Drones for Good, Johnny Miller, multidrone, Unequal Scenes
“So what are the most important developments in journo tech right now? Which tools and concepts will help us create really interesting content? And what about improving production workflows?” That’s a set of questions we get quite often. Providing definitive answers is impossible. What we can do, however, is share a couple of insights from our work. Here’s a list of tech that struck us as particularly interesting, promising, or useful this year.
DateThursday, December 13th, 2018
Tags2018, 5g, apache kafka, ar journalism, blockchain, distributed ledgers, hlt, journo tech, jupyter, oba, year in review
On June 20th, Instagram launched its new streaming video platform, IGTV. Content on the platform will be longer than typical Instagram posts or stories – up to 60 minutes – and, most importantly, video will be vertical only! So what content works well in vertical? And how can news outlets best produce videos that are “vertical first”? DW’s social media department, together with the DW Lab, embarked on a two-week-long experiment with vertical video. Here are five of our most important takeaways.
DateMonday, October 15th, 2018
We are happy to announce that the team of Deutsche Welle Lab (DW Lab) is joining us for this blog, sharing their projects and videos and thoughts on innovation in journalism. Welcome, Andy Giefer, Angela Kea, and Nadja Scholz!
DateMonday, July 23rd, 2018
Interning with the “Innos” – A Personal Retrospective of 10 Weeks at DW Research and Cooperation Projects
For the last two and a half months, I had the chance to work with Deutsche Welle’s Research and Cooperation Projects (ReCo) Team – and I enjoyed every day of it.
DateThursday, July 19th, 2018
79 bottles of Club-Mate, 30 hours of research and coding, 27 participants, six media institutions, three jurors, two outstanding AR concepts/prototypes, one outstanding DDJ tool, lots of great ideas, and one common goal: these are the key figures behind the hackathon we got to host in the scope of the DW Global Media Forum (GMF) earlier this month.
DateMonday, June 25th, 2018
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.
DateFriday, December 1st, 2017