Season five of Editors Lab has been our most exciting yet! Talented journalists, designers and developers from every continent have collaborated on high-impact ideas to prototype the future of news. We've had more hackathons than ever this year, including three in India (in Mumbai, Bengaluru & Delhi) and our first-ever Editors Labs in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea & Philippines.
From 21-23 June, winning teams from all corners of the world gather in Vienna for the culmination of the fifth season of Editors Lab to compete in a three-day hackathon at the GEN Summit 2017. The Editors Lab Final 2017, gathers top teams representing Philippines, Portugal, Austria, UK, Italy, Spain, Nigeria, Australia, India, Poland, South Korea, Indonesia, United States, Taiwan and Japan — one of them will take home the title of Editors Lab World Champion.
Participating media organisations
And the winner is...
The team from BBC Visual Journalism is the Editors Lab World Champion 2017. Their winning prototype is Appy Helper, a conversational interface that will sit within long-running complex stories that can help users catch up with recent developments or learn all about the background to this story in an accessible way, tailored to their needs.
Team BBC: Joy Roxas, Alvin Ourrad & Nassos Stylianou
In second place was the team from National Geographic with their prototype Zoom In, a tool to transform "hub" pages via a slider interface that shows more or less content based on the user’s preferences.
Team National Geographic: Scott Burkhard, Michael Greshko & CY Park.
In third place was the team from La Stampa with their prototype Game of News, a news-learning platform based on quizzes, graphics, videos and short content.
The Theme: Keep it simple, stupid!
Reporting complex news
With large-scale news stories unfolding over periods of weeks or months, it is easy for readers to lose track and therefore lose interest. How can media organisations make these types of stories more understandable and compelling?
With news bombarding us at a head-spinning rate on multiple platforms, which products could make it easier for readers to grasp complex topics like the Syrian conflict, the Panama Papers or Brexit and not succumb to information overload?
Writer & Professor
Arizona State University
Évangéline de Bourgoing
Chief Content officer
Global Editors Network
International Center for Journalists
Head of News
Editor, Data & Research Unit
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Get to know the finalists
Australian Broadcasting Corporation is an Australian national public broadcaster, owned and funded by the government. The ABC plays a leading role in the history of broadcasting in Australia.
ASZdziennik/Outriders is a team that combines two innovative Polish media outlets: Outride.rs and ASZdziennik.pl. Outride.rs is website for new website storytelling experience achieved by good reporting and a tailored UX. ASZdziennik.pl is a leading Polish news satire website that uses fake news format to comment on news that make headlines in Poland.
The BBC Visual Journalism team brings together TV and online designers, developers and journalists to create high-end multimedia graphics and interactives for BBC platforms.
BuzzFeed Japan is the official Japanese version of the leading independent digital media company delivering news and entertainment to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Yahoo! News Japan is the official Japanese site of Yahoo! News.
El Confidencial is the leading digital native media in Spain and the third in daily users.
D5 Studio is the digital arm of TV5, a leading Filipino commercial broadcaster.
Deepr is a South Korean news website focused on local politics, society, culture, and technology. Its target audience is Korean millennials whose interests and views are not fully represented by the traditional media in the country.
Expresso is the flagship publication of the Group Impresa and is published weekly in Lisbon.
FactorDaily is a newsite that sits at the intersection of technology with life, culture and society in India.
HK01 (香港01) is a recently-launched weekly print newspaper based in Hong Kong. The publication was launched with a mission to drive social change, restructure social values and drive media reform.
Independen.id is online aggregator which provides news from local online media all over Indonesia and promotes in-depth and investigative writing in Indonesia.
National Geographic is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society. It has been published continuously since its first issue in 1888, nine months after the Society itself was founded. It primarily contains articles about science, geography, history, and world culture.
La Stampa is an Italian daily newspaper published in Turin, Italy. It is distributed in Italy and other European nations. Founded in 1867, it is one of the oldest newspapers in Italy.
Der Standard, winner of the Süddeutsche Zeitung Editors Lab in Munich
Der Standard is an Austrian national daily broadsheet newspaper published in Vienna. It is one of the most prominent news publications in Austria.
Published since 1838, The Times of India includes every topic and trend of interest to the reader – national, international, city, community, business, health, science, technology, sports, lifestyle and entertainment.
WTD News began as a hobby in October 2013 in order to provide three-minute, animated, explainer videos on current affairs to non-news readers. In December 2015, it was launched as a digital platform for contextual and easy-to-understand news stories with the mission to make information less intimidating and fun-to-follow.
What happened last year?
The team from Tempo, coming from Indonesia, came in first place with their prototype Green Saviour: Stop the Haze. Inspired by the widespread forest fires that swept through large areas of the Indonesian landscape in 2015, Wahyu Dyatmika, William Rince and Adam Firdaus designed a game aimed at explaining the causes of a forest fire and their possible prevension measures, and showing what is at stake when one of them is inevitably unleashed. The game prompts users to extinguish the forest fires that quickly spring up in different zones of the country, and it seeks to target young city dwellers who may not be very acquainted with the severity of fires in more rural areas of the country.
Coming in second place, the Austrian team from APA created Welfare Simulator, a prototype that corresponds directly with the ongoing debate surrounding the current welfare system that is in place in Austria.
The teams from RTVS (Slovakia) and Caixin Media (China) tied in third place. The prototype developed by RTVS, What Would You Take?, provided an intimate look into the story of refugees who have had to abruptly abandon their homes in war-torn regions. Meanwhile, the team from Caixin Media, developed Think Like a Mayor, a game showcasing the economic, social and political complexities that underlie China's pollution crisis.