You Draw It AR: Instagram Face Filters for Data-Driven Journalism

You Draw It AR: Instagram Face Filters for Data-Driven Journalism

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.

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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. (more…)