28 August 2013
On 27th August 2013 teams consisiting of a designer, a developer and a journalist from Argentinian and Uruguay media houses gathered at Clarin’s office in Buenos Aires to compete in the first in a series of 20 Editors Lab Hackdays around the world. The theme for this hackday was:
New journalistic tools to harness social media, user generated content and improve user engagement
Participating teams included Perfil, Clarin, Diario Muy, La Nacion, Cimeco, La Gazeta de Tucuman, El Observador (Montevideo), and Los Andes, and were coached and judged by Argentinian experts of the field of media innovation including Gaston Roitberg from La Nacion, Mariano Blejman, HHBA & ICFJ, Dario D'Atri, Clarin, and Antoine Laurent, GEN.
The winning team, shown below with two of the judges, was La Nacion with their project 'Prices Monitor', a data driven project that aims to engage Argentineans in monitoring prices at supermarkets. It's based on a mobile app for collecting data at the retailers.
The team of three - Florencia Coelho, Research Manager, Yanina Ronconi, Interactive Designer, Manuel Aristaran, Programmer - will go on to participate in the Editors Lab final Hackathon to be held during the GEN News Summit in June 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
Florencia Coelho, Research Manager, La Nacion said "We presented a project that mixed social media, mobile and data focus all in one. The energy was constant during the day. Dealing with mobile data, (crowdsourcing and user experience on news apps, datavizsuals) related to the third screen is one of the daily challenges regarding data journalism, so the Hackday was an excellent opportunity for La Nacion, and it’s future”
GEN Editors Lab Director Antoine Laurent commented “it is great to see such motivationn from media houses on our second hackday here at Clarin in Buenos Aires. The level of the competition was high and both the winning media La Nacion and the host Clarin are showing great steps in this arena”
The GEN Editors Lab programme is a unique and growing initiative consisting of a worldwide series of Hackdays hosted by some of the leading newsrooms. The first edition was a phenomenal success with over 80 participating teams, a number set to grow considerably throughout the upcoming campaign with 20 national Hackdays leading to the grand final Hackathon at the GEN Summit in June, 2014 in Barcelona. Directly addressing the need for more collaborative innovation in newsrooms, the Editors Lab balances facilitating the generation of new ideas while providing ‘best practice’ mentoring from industry leaders that puts this GEN programme at the pinnacle of essential initiatives for newsroom progression.