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Caixin Won Regional Editors Lab Held in Hong Kong

Posted:
09 December 2015

Author:
Marianne Bouchart

Caixin Won Regional Editors Lab Held in Hong Kong

On 4-5 December, The Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong and the Global Editors Network (GEN), with the support of Google, gathered teams from leading media outlets from across the region in Hong Kong to take part in a competition to develop innovative video news prototypes.

The programme was implemented in partnership with the Associated Press, the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) and the School of Journalism and Communication of Chinese University of Hong Kong representing the first Asian chapter of the GEN Editors Lab. 

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The winning team: : Yuan Ren, Chunyuan Wei and Meng Wei

The team from Caixin won the competition with their project called Hawkeye, a video platform that locates on a map the multiple live streams and videos shot by reporters covering live events on the ground. It provides its users with a new multi-perspective storytelling experience and thus a more complete view of the unfolding event.

“Caixin combined maps, professional video, contributed video and an appealing interface to tell stories in a new way," said David Schlesinger, member of the jury. "The potential for interactivity, too, could turn news editing on its head. This project has real applicability for covering natural disasters, civic emergencies, protests, demonstrations — any story, in fact, where the action is dispersed and it is important to understand the geography of the emerging narrative."

The platform also allows the users to interact with the reporters, send them questions and ask them to shoot from different locations or different angles. Users become part of the reporting process, they are more engaged and the reports are better tailored to their actual needs.

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The winning prototype: Hawkeye

According to the team, “Hawkeye is a map-based live streaming tool for:

- Journalists who value timeliness in breaking news reporting

- Editors who want to build an eye-catching multi-media web page on a location-based story

- Web viewers who want to interact with the reporter and be part of the process

- Citizens who would like to participate in finding news clue”.

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EJ Insight supported by Code4HK and Honeycomb Design Ltd

Who else took part?

Other participating teams included Polidata Studio,  sznews.com from the Shenzhen Press Group, Initium Media, MalaysiaKini, EJ Insight supported by Code4HK and Honeycomb Design, Dy Data Media Lab from Wuhan University, HKU, Renmin University.

You can discover all their prototypes here

Which teams received special mentions?

Dy Data Media Lab from Wuhan University with their prototype Hacking Video, a hyperlocal video marketplace for newsrooms, received a special mention from the jury.

Malaysiakini was also awarded a special mention. The team developed GS Video, a native, agile and collaborative tool to lower the barrier for journalists to make simple videos using Google Sheets.

What is the prize for the winning team?

The winning team gets a trip to Vienna to compete against other winners of the Editors Labs during the Editors Lab Final — the World Cup of Newsroom Innovation. The latter will be held at the GEN Summit 2016 in Vienna next June. 

What is the Editors Lab Programme?

This Editors Lab competition is part of a series of international hackdays hosted by world-renowned media organisations in New York (The New York Times), London (The Guardian), Madrid (El País), Buenos Aires (Clarín), Paris (Le Parisien), and many more. It brought together teams representing news media outlets from all platforms (broadcast, online, print). The teams are composed of journalists, designers and developers. Find out more about the Editors Lab Programme, which will continue rolling out in Asia in 2016, on the GEN website.

Who were the speakers?

Workshops during the event were given by industry experts such as:

- Dorian Stone, YouTube Space Team

- Aritz Parra, Senior Producer at the Associated Press

- Ying Chan, Founding Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the Hong Kong University 

- Sophia Xu, Asia journalist at Storyful,

- Evangeline de Bourgoing, Programme Director at the Global Editors Network

- Ludwig Siegele, the Economist's technology editor. 

Who was part of the jury?

- Dorian Stone, YouTube Space Team

- Aritz Parra, Senior Producer at the Associated Press

- David Schlesinger, founder and Managing Director of the media and China independent consultants Tripod Advisors

- Wei Gu, Editor of China Wealth and Luxury at the Wall Street Journal

- Evangeline de Bourgoing, Programme Director at the Global Editors Network

Contacts: 

Waliyah Sahqani, Programme Manager at HKU

waliyahs@connect.hku.hk 

Evangeline de Bourgoing,  Programme Director at the Global Editors Network

edebourgoing@globaleditorsnetwork.org 

Notes:

About the Global Editors Network: 

The Global Editors Network (GEN) is a cross-platform community empowering newsrooms through programmes designed to inspire, connect and share.

About the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of The University of Hong Kong:

The Journalism and Media Studies Centre brings professional journalism education to Hong Kong’s premier university, creating an environment for vibrant interaction among students from Hong Kong, mainland China, Asia and the rest of the world.