DNI Fund Projects

The DNI Fund has awarded more than €94m to over 460 projects in 29 European countries. Take a closer look at some of the projects.

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In the DNI Innovation Fund’s first annual report we outline the impact of the projects funded so far.

Featured Projects

United Kingdom Trint Ltd

Trint

AI driven automated transcription that saves journalists hours of time. Watch to learn about Trint.

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Poland Gazeta Wyborcza (Agora)

NewsMavens

A news platform written and edited by women. Watch to find out more.

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Projects

Portugal Público – Comunicação Social, S.A.

P24 by Público

P24 is Público’s personalised audio catch-up for its readers. It refreshes throughout the day and produces audio clips of stories that are customised to each individual reader, as well as providing the main stories of the day. The project is Público’s answer to the problem of how to better serve an audience on the go; one who may not have time to constantly check the website throughout the day, and who may miss important news as a result. After initial research, audio was picked as the best medium to solve the issue, and Público has identified it as a key platform for the future of the publication.

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United Kingdom The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau Local

Central to The Bureau Local project is the intention to encourage the spread of ambitious data-driven local journalism. While many local media outlets are being shut down and resources centralised, The Bureau Local is driven by the essential desire to hold power to account at a local level; to make press more representative of those they represent. They do this by supporting a network of key local journalists - from traditional media outlets to bloggers - and providing vital data sets, statisticians and graphic designers to help local journalists yield investigative stories that might also resonate nationally.

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Germany Edenspiekermann AG

POST

POST is a tool that will help journalists measure the success of their own content. It was born out of a question: what is the most pressing issue facing editors and how could the agency do something to help? Edenspiekermann already closely collaborates with newsrooms across Europe. By talking to their partner organisations they identified that a key problem in newsrooms was how to integrate analytics on day-to-day basis for already busy journalists. POST aims to make life easier for journalists by giving them help at exactly the right moment.

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Poland Gazeta Wyborcza (Agora)

NewsMavens

Only 27% of decision makers in newsrooms are women. NewsMavens aims to change the male dominated narrative around current affairs.

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United Kingdom Trint Ltd

Trint

Trint allows audio files to be uploaded and transcribed in minutes. Content is time-coded and easy to search, dramatically improving workflow.

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Belgium VRT, VRT NWS

Personalised news using media enriched chat (Round 4)

This project will create personalised video assets for a diverse audience. The aim is the create news (or sports) streams for thousands of users at the rate they choose and on their own device - without losing video or image value. A combination of a conversational interface and a streamlined video farm will create personalised news streams combining text, articles and media.

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Portugal Público – Comunicação Social, S.A.

P24 by Público

P24 can follow the reader throughout their day - while at the gym, out driving or on a run. A critical aspect of the audio catch-up is not solely to deliver stories of interest, but also to make sure Público’s readers hear all the important news of the day, curated by an editor. It can be accessed multiple times and with each use the reader will get a new “playlist” of stories based on what they’ve already consumed on the website. The P24 team create between 40 - 50 audio news pieces in a 24 hour period, which are then curated to create a personalised packaged based on a reader’s interest. Readers can also download a day’s roundup in podcast form. It’s free for all registered readers, and since its launch in April 2017 Público have seen a steady growth of users.

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Germany Edenspiekermann AG

POST

Edenspiekermann is bringing POST to life as a working prototype by developing the product in tests with 10 media organisations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Through extensive research into newsroom KPIs, POST uses machine learning to offer meaningful insights to journalists on how their content is performing. POST tracks stories once they’re published, keeps an eye on traffic and offers advice on how to improve story reach and traction. It’s being designed to fit easily into workflow and operates via Slackbot that monitors a story’s URL and suggests the right action at the right moment. If a story has suddenly gone viral, POST will alert the journalist and provide hints on how to take full advantage of the situation.

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United Kingdom The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau Local

The project has been a huge collaborative success - already 450 actively engaged participants have joined their network covering all of the UK. Since it’s launch in January 2017, it has already won an award for innovation at the British Journalism Awards, and over 125 stories have been published making an impact both locally and nationally. One example, involving 30 different regions, revealed how thousands of vulnerable women across the country are being turned away from domestic violence refuges due to funding cuts. The findings prompted the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP, to demand action and influential Members of Parliament to call for a change in the law. Another story revealed potential racial profiling of immigration officers in spot checks; 8 Members of Parliament called for a review of Home Office practices as a direct result of The Bureau’s research. With an emphasis on journalistic collaboration instead of competition, and using the power of technology, The Bureau is telling critical stories that really matter to communities across the UK.

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Austria ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4 GmbH

Semantic Observatory for News Analytics and Repurposing (SONAR) (Round 4)

One of the main challenges when reporting current events, for example controversial political debates prior to an election, is to assess the impact of an argument and cover the debate in a timely and balanced manner. Providing sufficient depth while remaining accessible for a broad audience often requires costly data visualizations to enrich the content. SONAR addresses this challenge by providing real-time visualization services for journalists, including specific recommendations where and how to publish digital assets containing these visualizations. This will not only guide the production of new content, but also the repurposing of existing digital assets.

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Austria STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.

ForUs - High-quality online discussions (Round 4)

The majority of online comment sections are still based on designs two decades old. This project will vary the characteristics of online communication spaces and evaluate the effects on comment quality. The prototype will find out which variables have a direct effect on comment quality and how these can be modified to encourage better dialogue. Comments and conversations will remain online temporarily instead of indefinitely, commenters will have to meet certain criteria to participate, and the most relevant comments will appear first, not the most recent. Improving user discussion is a vital challenge for online media in order to stimulate a thoughtful public discourse on topics relevant to society.

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Germany Presse-Druck- und Verlags-GmbH

Ask Me (Round 4)

One of journalism’s most important skills is asking the right people the right questions. Publishers have strong communities around their brands, and readers want to share their opinion to become part of the journalistic discussion – as shown by the intense use of comment sections and reader surveys. This project establishes a new format to engage users, starts a better interaction with them and has the potential to create a new way of telling stories. Users become a bigger part of the media community and journalistic work – they have the chance to influence reporting through their answers. Ask Me also has a strong impact for local advertisers. Creating a new advertorial survey format means better engagement for clients and significant additional value for their marketing goals.

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