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Business Next Editors Lab

Prototyping the Future of News in Taiwan

12 May 2017 - 13 May 2017

New Forms of Video Storytelling

On 12-13 May 2017, the Global Editors Network (GEN) and Business Next, with the support of the Google News Lab, gathered some of the best media innovators from Taiwan and Hong Kong in Taipei to develop innovative journalism prototypes. The theme of the hackathon was "new forms of video storytelling".

The winner of the hackathon was HK01 with this prototype. The jury awarded special mentions to Taiwan News and United Daily News.  

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If you have any questions, please contact edebourgoing(at)globaleditorsnetwork.org

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Participating Media

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Editors Lab Essential Information


The Speakers

Irene Jai Liu

Irene Jay Liu

Google News Lab

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Mike Chi


Robert Hernandez

Robert Hernandez

USC Annenberg School of Journalism

New Forms of Video Storytelling

The last few years have seen an explosion of new digital formats for videos. From live streaming to short news clips, from mobile video journalism to documentary storytelling etc. the options for digital news videos are rapidly growing as are the opportunities.

  • Digital videos are increasingly consumed on mobile devices and on social media. How can newsrooms adopt and optimise their video content for a more engaged user experience?
  • Live streaming is quickly developing. How can newsrooms make the most of this technology? How can they better inform their audience by adding context to live-streamed videos? As live streaming brings in a new set ethical concerns, what are the practices that journalists need to develop to build responsible live-streaming experiences? 
  • After decades of hype and disappointment, VR, AR and 360-degree video keep developing and are becoming more accessible to news consumers on a wide array of storytelling platforms. How can journalism take advantage of this development? How can journalists use these technologies to add weight to their story, raising awareness and inducing empathy at the same time?

At the Business Next Editors Lab, the participants were encouraged to reflect on these questions and build new video storytelling prototypes. They could prototype a video report, a live stream, a news game, a video data visualisation, etc. They could also build tools to improve the creation, distribution and consumption of video storytelling experiences. 



How much does it cost to enter?

Nothing. Food and drinks will be provided, too. 


How do I enter?

Contact our director of programmes: edebourgoing(at)globaleditorsnetwork.org


Do I have to be at a major media organisation?

No! Although GEN's Editors Lab series see teams mostly from major media. We will take freelancers, university students and non-journalist teams (NGOs, startups, etc.). We will take teams that mix people from different organisations, too. If you lack a team, email edebourgoing(at)globaleditorsnetwork.org to register your interest and she may help you find some mates.


I’m at a very large media organisation. Can we have multiple teams?



Do we have to make a working prototype?

Well yes, that’s the idea. Stuff happens, of course: sometimes the prototype doesn’t get working by the deadline. In those cases, people have sometimes pitched a mocked-up idea and how it would work. But a working prototype is going to seem more impressive to the jury.

To discover dozens of prototypes created at previous Editors Lab, click here.


How will prototypes be judged?

  • Editorial quality. How innovative is the project? How useful will it be in solving a specific problem?
  • Design. How user-friendly is the interface? How creative is the design?
  • Development. How functional is the prototype? What level of technical expertise does this project demonstrate?
  • Implementation. What is the potential scale of the idea? Is it logistically and technically feasible?

We will also have a People’s Choice award, based on a public vote.


What can we do beforehand?

Think. Research. Investigate possibilities. Truly, sometimes the best ideas happen during a U-turn halfway through the hackathon.


What happens to the final projects?

In the spirit of open data and collaboration, we ask all participants to put their final code and data online using Github or similar, sharing it freely.

Intellectual property is owned by the teams, not us organisers.

Two days isn’t much time to make a prototype. Our hope is that some teams will be inspired to build on what they’ve done and turn their prototypes into real live apps. Each project will also be featured on the GEN Community website.


Why should we get involved with this hackathon?

Journalists, developers and designers: You’ll get inspired. Get a chance to work with people outside your discipline or daily grind, people who think differently than you. Think bigger about how we can make the news better. Liberate some data. Chase new stories. And have fun!

News outlets: That feather in your cap if your team wins and goes to Vienna (and maybe wins there, too).

Three examples of Editors Lab prototypes