A group of filmmakers at Crossover is pushing the boundaries of immersive documentary storytelling by incorporating technologies like facial recognition into a virtual reality experience. Mark Atkin, a director of Crossover, tells us about the projects and explains how this kind of work might change viewers’ minds and behaviors. Reporting by Lindsey Miller, Rachel Wise … Continued
A British company called Speechmatics is working to build more accurate technology to turn spoken words into text across a wide range of different languages. We explore how the system might help journalists in the future. Reporting by Lily Oppenheimer, Rachel Wise and Jessica King. Additional information A key aspect of the technology is that … Continued
The startup Populace uses data from social media and other sources to display crowd densities at various locations across urban areas. As a result, the system could make it possible for journalists to find out automatically whenever an unusually large crowd gathers in a public place. We find out how it works from founder and … Continued
Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives at The Washington Post, says computer automation could increase a newsroom’s capabilities in three important ways: analyzing vast amounts of data, putting information into digestible forms, and tailoring the end result for each individual user. We dive into the details and find out how the Post has experimented already. … Continued
(Video missing) The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet developed an algorithm guided partially by editors and partially by reader preferences that delivers a personalized home page for each website visitor. Editor in chief Fredric Karén credits the technology with a significant boost in online traffic and digital subscriptions. Reporting by Lily Oppenheimer, Rachel Wise and Jessica … Continued
Portals take video conferencing to the next level. The project combines new technology with a set of gold-painted shipping containers to enable people across the globe to converse as if they were side by side. Amar Bakshi, a former journalist who created the project, explains how it could expand upon traditional coverage of global news … Continued
(Video missing) VICE News has set itself apart from traditional broadcast news outlets with a more cinematic approach to its visual report. We find out how they do it from Maral Usefi, director/producer at Vice News Tonight. Reporting by Lindsey Miller Mentioned in our report Steadicam Smoothee$89.95This handheld device helps stabilize a mobile phone to … Continued
(Video missing) As journalists increasingly see the need to keep communications private, many are turning to apps that enable encrypted messaging. But how do you know if the app you chose actually does the job? We share some advice about key features from staff members at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Reporting by Marlee Baldridge.