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Interview: How To Build A Visual Journalism Team

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.

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

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“I believe that drones can be used for good, I believe that they can be transformative” – a video interview with Johnny Miller

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Johnny Miller at Deutsche Welle Bonn (photo by Alexander Plaum)

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.

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Monday, May 6th, 2019

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DW Innovation Year in Review: 7 Media Technologies That Caught Our Attention in 2018

“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.

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Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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Vertical Video: 5 Takeaways from the DW Lab

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DW’s first vertical video story on Instagram

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.

Date

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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Hello, DW Lab!

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!

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Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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Interning with the “Innos” – A Personal Retrospective of 10 Weeks at DW Research and Cooperation Projects

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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.

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Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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Hackathon “Visualizing Global Inequalities”: Here’s what we came up with.

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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.

Date

Monday, June 25th, 2018

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

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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.

Date

Friday, December 1st, 2017

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“Silver Medal” Won at Facebook Journalism Hackathon

A team from Deutsche Welle developed a data mining and visualization prototype at the event, helping editors better understand content and topics.

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Friday, August 4th, 2017

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[Hackathon] High Tech Storytelling: How to predict elections, using robot journalism?

Join us for a one day, virtual hackathon on December 17, 2015

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Deutsche Welle Innovation aims to find out, based on a collaboration with Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich) and AX Semantics. The one day event will provide an opportunity for journalists, scientists and students to learn and play with the next wave of technologies usable in newsrooms. The day’s focus will be on prediction models and robot journalism, supported by design thinking as a method to develop impactful new offerings on digital platforms.

Date

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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