How can social media be more than just an afterthought for data-driven journalism (DDJ)? As a partner of the European Data Journalism Network (EDJN), our colleagues at DW Data have been exploring ways to attract readers and make DDJ stories more interesting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Here is a guest post with new insights by Kira Schacht.
It has been a while since we last compiled a list of interesting media technologies for you – check out this post that aged rather well – but of course tech scouting is still important to us. And now that a number of new projects have been successfully kicked-off in spite of the pandemic, we actually found the time to sit down, review some internal notes – and introduce some more tools and concepts that we think could have an impact on our industry.
If you are into DDJ, you have probably come across the NYT’s You Draw It series, where users have to draw the second half of a graph and thus interact with a data story. We have always liked this idea. And we thought that by adding augmented reality (AR) and Instagram face filters, we could develop it further. Our aim: Creating a new worthwhile form of interactive journalism – and great shareable content. Here is a quick recap of our Insta experiments, including the lessons we have learned.
Good news: We have kicked off yet another exciting human language technology (HLT) project. It is an EU-funded research and innovation action (RIA) called SELMA, which stands for: Stream Learning for Multilingual Knowledge Transfer.
TruBlo, an EU project co-run by DW Innovation, has started its first open call. The goal is to support concepts, ideas and demonstrators for trustable content that use blockchain/distributed ledger technology. TruBlo will distribute almost one million euros among applicants.
In a digitized public sphere full of mis- and disinformation, establishing a fact-checking or verification team has become mandatory for many news organizations and human rights defenders. From Stockholm to Rome and from Lisbon to Bucharest, investigative journalists and open source intelligence (OSINT) experts sit in front of their computers many hours a week to dissect false claims or manipulated photos and videos; content that is churned out on more or less unregulated social media platforms. Often underfunded and stressed out, these verification workers do important groundwork for a functioning democratic media landscape – a job that would benefit from more recognition, exposure, and networking. In the scope of Project EDMO (= European Digital Media Observatory), we have set out to make a small contribution towards that goal – by thoroughly mapping the fact-checking and verification scene in the EU (and possibly beyond).
New web technologies have turned the internet into a place where virtually everyone can create content, hands down. At the same time, a small number of tech companies have made sure a big chunk of this content is bound to their tools and their services – thus giving them control and ownership. Not everybody is happy with that situation – but initiatives to bring positive change are underway. MediaVerse is one of them.
For a long time, social media was merely an afterthought in the daily routine of data journalists. Why worry about promoting a story and making it more accessible when you can scrape websites and build sophisticated charts all day? Luckily, a project launched by the European Data Journalism Network (edjnet) has been (successfully) working on changing that status and mindset. DW Data is a part of the initiative, and our Eva Lopez – a data journalist and innovation manager – frequently shares what she and her team have learned. These are the latest insights.