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The World Cup Innovation Special

Experimental series on data, visualization and storytelling all around the 2014 Brazil World Cup

With people worldwide focusing on the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the next couple of weeks we expect a lot of interesting coverage in the media.

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Big data meets Data Journalism – Don’t believe the hype!

Big Data is one of the most overused buzzwords in recent years. So it is about time to give it a reality check and distinguish hype from true value. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the World Newsmedia Network take on this challenge for the media industry organising a one-day conference headlined “Harnessing the Power of Big Data for Media” on May 8th, 2014 in London.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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5 Big Links – March 2014

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

1.  Social Media is changing journalism. Nothing new. But how do you deal with these new challenges?
Learn from @storyful by taking in the 10 principles that power social journalism. Don’t forget to have a look at the “just-as-good-as-the-article” comment section.
 
2.  Remember Forbes’ 30 under 30 Media People from January?
Check out the Guardian’s 30 young people in digital media and learn why content still rules over technology in the future of journalism.
 
3.  What do you do, when your audience turns away from your traditional media program? Check out how a Belgium public service broadcaster is experimenting with online content and new ways of storytelling – successfully. via journalism.co.uk
 
4.  Where would you turn for new innovative news projects?
If you thought about the U.S. – think again. Meanwhile tune into Norwegian based Schibsted’s planned web-native TV-experience. via Nieman Journalism Lab
 
5.  Following #NICAR2014 you might have heard about gathering your own data.
Go ahead and make it real with Andy Dickinson, who is taking this to the next level.
 

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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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 

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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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

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

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Explore Germany with Raphael

Deutschland im wandelAs part of a multimedia project, Deutsche Welle has addressed the structural changes of Germany, especially after the re-unification. The project covers the topic from various angles, looks into specific sectors and offers an interesting picture of how Germany as a location for business and for industry varies in different regions. Besides interviews, picture galleries and videos, the editorial team wanted to offer a visualization that can

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

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Making data-driven journalism fast and easy – Datawrapper

DatawrapperJournalists use statistics on a nearly daily basis, but visualizing data is a different story.

With a boom in tools and apps to generate infographics and more, this could be changing. One such tool is Datawrapper, developed by Deutsche Welle New Media and one of the 2012 Winners of African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC). It is a prime example of getting a good working and scalable product out of an externally funded project.

“It’s a tool for getting started with data-driven journalism,” says Mirko Lorenz who is the driving force behind the project and part of the innovation team of new media. “We didn’t just want to make showy charts, it’s really about the right diagram for the data at hand.”

Editing desks around the world have been experimenting with the tool, including the Guardian data blog, Le Monde, a Dortmund regional newspaper – and

Date

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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