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Fader 2.0: Building a collaborative online platform for VR journalists

Photo: Moody College of Communication (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Remember Fader, the journalistic VR tool created by Vragments? The prototype has only been online since December 2016 – and already the project is ready to move to the next level.


Thursday, March 2nd, 2017


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.


Thursday, July 19th, 2018


Meet us @ Global Media Forum 2018


When: 11–13 June, 2018

Where: World Conference Center & Deutsche Welle HQ, Bonn, Germany

What is it?

To quote the official website: “The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (GMF) is the place Made for Minds, where decision-makers and influencers from all over the world come together. Connect and collaborate with over 2,000 inspiring representatives from the fields of journalism, digital media, politics, culture, business, development, academia and civil society to tackle problems and brainstorm solutions to the challenges facing global media development.”


Thursday, June 7th, 2018


DW Research & Cooperation Projects 2017: Our Year in Journo Tech

Another year in the world of digital media research and news innovation is coming to an end — and those of us still at the office decided to look back on personal highlights. Here’s what seemed important in 2017.


Thursday, December 28th, 2017


Meet us at VR Pop-up Week and VR Conference 2017


When? September 11th – 15th (Pop-up Week), September 22nd (Conference)

Where? Berlin

What is it?

VR Pop-up Week = seven days full of virtual reality madness in the heart of Kreuzberg. There will be (spontaneous) workshops, showcases, beer, and nerd talk. VR Pop-up Week is very informal and free of charge. This is a VR playground.
VR Conference = a one day event that brings together all kinds of VR enthusiasts (journalists, storytellers, media innovators, techies) to share experiences and seek inspiration. This is much more structured and focused, and you will need to purchase a ticket.


Thursday, September 7th, 2017


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Meet us @ INTERACTIVE Festival 2017


When: August 16th & 17th

Where: Cologne

What is it?

INTERACTIVE Festival is an interesting mix of talks, sessions, and workshops focusing on “trends and ideas in the digital sphere”, or more specifically: “their potential as well as their potential consequences.


Monday, August 14th, 2017


Meet us @ Digility 2017


When?: July 5-6

Where?: Cologne, Germany

What is it?

Digility is a conference and expo that aims to cover “all topics fusing digital content with reality” and “the whole value chain of virtual and augmented reality”.


Monday, July 3rd, 2017


Meet us @ Global Media Forum 2017

When: 19–21 June, 2017

Where: World Conference Center & Deutsche Welle HQ, Bonn, Germany

What is it?

GMF is a place where journalists, media managers, tech experts, NGO representatives, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, civil servants and politicians get together to discuss the role of the media in a globalized world. To foster interdisciplinary exchange, GMF offers a wide range of panel discussions, workshops, networking sessions, interactive presentations and exhibitions as well as a top-notch leisure-time program.


Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


Two simple ideas that could help VR journalism move forward.

Photo: Guido van Nispen (CC BY 2.0)

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.


Tuesday, May 9th, 2017




…is about using blockchain technology for better media content management. Among other things, the project aims to explore wether it’s possible to tag *every* item produced and used by media with a small identifier (“hash”) — which would make the cumbersome job of handling intellectual properties and paying creators much easier.
-> Official Bloomen Website
-> Bloomen on Twitter


…(short for Content Personalisation Network) experiments with innovative ways of serving a personalised news experience. The aim is to develop a flexible service layer that allows for the distribution of content from various sources to different devices based on the consumption patterns and direct input from end-users.
-> Official CPN Website
-> CPN on Twitter


…is about detecting manipulated and synthetic media with the help of audio forensic tools.
-> Official Digger Website
-> Digger on Twitter


…aims to develop a sustainable machine translation platform for under-resourced language pairs and domains as well as accompanying tools for analysts and journalists. The project name is an acronym for Global Under-Resourced Media Translation.
-> Official GoURMET Website
-> GoURMET on Twitter


…(= Livestreaming & Mixed Reality Management System) is about making livestreams more appealing by adding virtual content layers that allow for interaction and access to in-depth information.


…is a project dedicated to repurposing visual and textual content for architecture, design, and virtual reality games.
-> Official V4Design Website
-> V4Design on Facebook
-> V4Design on Twitter 


…addresses content verification challenges through a participatory verification approach, using open source algorithms, low-overhead human-in-the-loop machine learning, and intuitive visualizations.
-> Official WeVerify Website
-> WeVerify on Twitter


Past projects:


This page is under construction. More project descriptions, links, and resources coming soon.


Tuesday, January 17th, 2017