13 February 2014
Last week, GEN and El País organized the Editors Lab Madrid: 11 teams had two days to develop an application on 'Liveblogging and Breaking News'. Vocento was the winner, and will compete against other winning teams at the Editors Lab Hackdays Final at the GEN Summit 2014 in Barcelona. The event was supported by Yahoo! News and CaixaBank.
The Vocento team describes their winning app as a tool that 'allows multimedia coverage under a liveblogging concept, specially geared towards journalists conducting the coverage and towards users who are close to the event, treated as privileged witnesses'. As members of the Madrid local Vocento newsroom, Fernando Belzunce, Carlos Caneiro and Iván Manzanas wanted an app able to connect users and journalists, and also bring context to the news. As they say: 'We want music, not noise'. The app is a really good tool for fact-checking and it allows easy access to curated content.
[To know more about the Final and other events at the GEN Summit 2014, click here]
Over the two days, the teams (a journalist, a designer and a developer) had the opportunity to collaborate and share, as well as compete. They had two Masterclasses: one held by Evangéline de Bourgoing, Programme Manager at GEN, about the "10 best Editors Lab apps" and the other one by Robert Mackey, reporter and editor at The New York Times news blog, in which he shared his experience on liveblogging.
Here are the highlights of those two days:
And have a look at a time-lapse done by one of the participant: