Editors Lab Final 2014

12 June 2014 - 13 June 2014

The World Cup of Newsroom Innovation

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The crowning of the Editors Lab season.

Throughout the second season of the Editors Lab programme, the Global Editors Network has organized 17 national Hackdays all over the world. Each winning team has been invited to take part in the Hackdays Final, ’The World Cup of Newsroom Innovation’, that took place during the GEN Summit 2014 in Barcelona. The winning teams competed during two days to win the title of Editors Lab World Champion. 


The theme was: Making the most of video. 

From live streaming to video aggregation, short news clips to documentary storytelling... the options for digital news videos are rapidly growing as are the opportunities.

- Video, audio, images, and text are difficult to harmonize. How can we reconcile them to create new forms of storytelling?

- Digital videos are more and more consumed on mobile devices. How can Newsrooms optimize their video content for a more engaged user experience?

- User-generated video content is booming. How can Newsrooms take advantage of it, in particular around real-time events and breaking news situations?

 And the Winner was..

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The Times's team, with their project 'Moments', became World's Champion of Newsroom Innovation. 'Moments' chops into short clips the long videos that are at the top of articles and places these clips at relevant points inline in the copy. There is still a long video at the top of the article. But small plays buttons are inserted in the article. By clicking them, the users open a video player at the point of the page that "shows a relevant 6-10 second snippet from the video at the top - a moment -" (read more here). Then the users can carry on reading. It creates a 'seamless truly multimedia experience' for the user.



The Times created the front-end and the back-end of 'Moments'. You can check it out here 

The Times' team has recalled its Editors Lab experience in The The Times and Sunday Times Digital Development Tumblr : Best Use of Video: a Hackathon Roundup and Making the Most Out of Video.

 The Second Place 




In second place, Financial Times. They developed "Cut to the Chase", a tools that aims at improving the video watching experience by making video more interactive and easier to navigate into. According to the team, "Viewing video can be a passive experience that doesn’t give you much indication when you first open it what exactly is coming up. We have made video interactive by allowing people to easily show how they feel at different times during playback. The collective votes are graphed across the whole video timeline.Our tool helps people navigate videos and make the best use of their viewing time - to cut to the chase. At a glance people can see the structure of the video - where the exciting points are, what the video shows - and jump straight to that.   People can rate a segment of the video up or down - to say “Yes, that’s great. I love it.” or “No, that’s awful - I totally disagree”.The chart underneath shows the number of thumbs ups and downs that the video has had at each second - the strength of feeling, the level of engagement. You can see where the contentious parts are and skip straight to them. You can use the tabs underneath which expose different topics, facilitate learning and discuss points raised with other users.At a later date, we can see this being an opportunity to refine targeted advertising - rather than just place a generic ad at the beginning of a video, you can have different/targeted ads inserted at a various points withinthe video. There is the option to add other content that can be more relevant than just using broad metadata to take you to a generic US economy story. You also have the option to tack on comment threads that are relevant to each section. Comments can be hard to understand without having read the thread before it or without know which part of the video is being referred to. This gives you the option to quickly dip into a conversation about the bit that interests you. Journalists sketch out the story structure for a video anyway so we’re taking advantage of the metadata that can be added to an existing plan to help viewers navigate stories. It engages the viewer, but it also helps the journalist because they are always asking themselves, “Why are we showing this?” or “Why should people care?” You as a journalist get data on what people love and hate about what you do, what excites people."

 To see their project, please click here



The team has written about its experience in Engine Room Blog : Cut To The Chase – the prototype, trials, taxis, and tapas


The Third Place 




In third place, Wirtualna Polska, with 'Daily Carrot'. They describe their project as a "fresh" and "healthy" mobile app providing its users with short video clips and making them participate in the news coverage. "We put video on the forefront of the news, get video content from the user and engage users to record materials and submit to our newsstream. We also use geolocalization technology to push notifications to the user located nearby real-time event (eg fire on the Camp Nou etc.)" explained the team.  



See also: Hackday Insights: How to make the most from online video? | Reuters Inside Agency Blog

Projects developed during the Hackdays

MarketWatch Project

  • To see the demo, click here 
  • To see the YouTube video output, click here 


New York Daily News Project


La Repubblica


 Sunday Times

  • To see the prototype, click here


The Times 

  •  To see the prototype, click here



  • To see the prototype, click here




Bolshoi Gorod 

  • To see the prototype, click here


La Nación



  • To see the project, click here


Radio France

  • To see the project, click here



  • To see the prototype, click here
  • To see the video demo, click here

Best moments of the Hackdays Finale on our blog

The Jury

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Burt Herman



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