Journalism and Technology

Interlink Academy and its partners develop a new technology-based research tool for journalists.

The “INJECT” project is part of the EU Commision’s “Horizon 2020” program, an initiave to strengthen innovations in the European Union. After having been initially funded by Google’s Digital News Initiave, the EU funding is taking the project into the next round. The goal is to develop better technological tools and to integrate them into newsrooms’ content management systems.

INJECT’s aim is to transfer new digital technologies into newsrooms and the work of journalists to increase the competitiveness of European news and media organisations. Journalism seeks to structure information for its readers. This involves a variety of processes, such as selecting, prioritising, presenting, projecting, sharing, and editing raw information in order to make it appealing and useful to the consumer. Newsrooms with content management systems (CMSs) tend to only use keyword searches of tagged content to discover news items, which requires the journalist to know exactly what they are looking for. The same goes for keyword-based searches using search engines such as Google and Bing. In contrast, new and more effective creative search and creativity support tools can enable journalists to discover previously unconnected information and create novel news stories more quickly, thus stimulating the journalist’s productivity.

To this aim, INJECT will introduce new technologies into journalism that provide journalists with context, better results, and new angles for their stories.

Working towards this goal, INJECT consortium members have researched and adapted new creative search algorithms and services, which they used to develop innovative creativity and productivity support tools. These tools work with written information and are therefore particularly useful for journalists. Four of these new services and tools provide the baseline and research to furthering this innovative process.

The JUICE tool helps analyzing texts, gives context information, and offers ideas for new story angles.

The Explaain tool helps journalists and readers to easily navigate through complex information with the help of cards:

INJECT is a consortium formed to improve industry competitiveness through increased journalist creativity and productivity. It brings together newspapers, universities, journalist networks, web companies, journalist trainers and organizations. 14 organizations and institutions come together in the INJECT consortium:

  • The City University London, United Kingdom (project leader)
  • Bladet Sunnhordland AS, Norway
  • Explaain LTD, United Kingdom
  • Fondation Nationale Sciences Politiques, France
  • Hallingdoelen AS, Norway
  • Hordaland Bladdrift AS, Norway
  • The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS), Greece
  • Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism, Hamburg, Germany
  • MLabs, Norway
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
  • Stichting VersPers Uitgeverij, Netherlands
  • Stichting VJ Movement Foundation, Netherlands
  • Universitetet i Bergen, Norway
  • WAN-IFRA FR, France

Werner Eggert and Claus Hesseling will be representing the Interlink team in this international cooperation. Claus Hesseling joined Interlink Academy in January 2017. He will be supporting the dissemination process and organize trainings for newsrooms who are going to use INJECT tools. He has a long experience in digital journalism and has worked for the Interlink Academy as a trainer since the beginning.

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 732278.