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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.
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.
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.
Currently, Factmata’s main focus is on using AI to analyse millions of URLs every day, assessing content on a sentence-by-sentence level to assess the risk to advertisers of appearing alongside what could be inappropriate content. For 2018, the company is launching Briefr, a news-sharing platform for collaborative discussion that’s focused on quality and credibility instead of likes and popularity. Factmata is also in the process of launching an open research initiative that will make its data available to other parties. Over the last two years, Dhruv and his team have gathered an impressive portfolio of media coverage and an even more impressive list of backers, including Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, as well as the founders of organisations such as Broadcast.com, Craigslist, Zynga, Mulesoft, Brightmail and Flycast Communications.
“Hyperlocal Listener and Community Manager are software solutions that sit on the smartphones of our reporters. Hyperlocal Listener drills down into social media and other communications channels, keeping us in touch with what local people are reading and posting about. Community Manager then enables us to publish the stories we create from that information in the most appropriate media mix – whether that’s in our newspaper, on our website or through general or specialist social media groups. So those of our 11 million unique users who want to know the details about a particular football match, or any other local news items, get the stories they really need, delivered via their favourite channels.” The team at La Voz de Galicia aim to roll out the project to journalists in regional newsrooms this summer. (...they missed the penalty, by the way.)
Philipp and his business partner have personal experience of how difficult it is for new publishers to make a living. Even though their online magazine Krautreporter was funded by Germany’s most successful crowdfunding campaign, it came close to failure. “It’s one thing for a journalist to be great at reporting, but another entirely for them to master online marketing, recurring payment issues and membership management,” adds Philipp. “That experience was the inspiration behind Steady, because we realised that there are many more ‘Krautreporters’ out there that need some support. Using Steady, publishers can easily earn monthly payments from their supporters while retaining full control over their projects, copyright and content. There’s no such thing as a typical Steady publisher – they cover a wide range of topics and while some of them are one-man-shows earning just a few hundred Euros a month, others are teams of up to 15 people bringing in regular five-figure monthly revenues. What they all have in common is access to a range of tools from Steady that they can integrate directly in their websites and blogs to gain memberships.” The results make impressive reading. As well as the 200+ people now earning an income from their publishing activities, the growth of the project has led to the creation of six new jobs at Steady and the receipt of a further €500,000 in funding from other backers.
Only 27% of decision makers in newsrooms are women. NewsMavens aims to change the male dominated narrative around current affairs.
Trint allows audio files to be uploaded and transcribed in minutes. Content is time-coded and easy to search, dramatically improving workflow.
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.
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.
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.
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.