Hall of Fame

A collection of projects developed over the years at Editors Lab hackdays that have made the leap from prototypes to success stories.

The Incredible Rise of Migrants' Remittances - TagesWoche

Editors Lab Austria - Schwarzach, 2013

TagesWoche created the first visualisation ever to show the evolution of migrants' remittances since 1970. It illustrates how these remittances rapidly overtook official development aid since 200 and how these funds were more than three times as those provided in foreign aid in 2012. This visualisation shed a new light on migration debates that tend to foreign aid spending.

TagesWoche - Migrants' Remittances

Seven weeks after the Editors Lab, TagesWoche published a comprehensive standalone data visualisation in English and in German that shows the rise of migrants' remittances, a cover story in the print issue of Tages Woche, four online complementary articles and an immersive online story detailing the findings. The project was a big hit for their newsroom:

  • The story received 10 times more visits than the average for big stories on Tages Woche.
  • The visualisation was republished by Austria's leading news site, Standard.at.
  • The project was awarded the Axel Springer Preis 2014 for the Internet category.

Discover the visualisation here and learn more about the project here.

News Reads Us - Open Knowledge Foundation

Editors Lab F.A.Z. - Berlin, 2014

Open Knowledge Foundation created an interactive story to show how news websites could endanger their readers' privacy by engaging in excessive user tracking. Using API-detecting trackers in real time, News Reads Us shows which websites share users' behaviors with which advertisers and metrics.

OKFN - News Read Us

Discover it here.

Traces, We Revive History - Datum

APA & FJUM Editors Lab - Vienna, 2014

Traces is a platform that gives a face to the Viennese nazi victims between 1938 and 1945. The project starts by giving a short introduction to Vienna's history at this period. For every year between 1938 and 1945, users are provided with a summary of the crimes of Nazism and can see on a map of Vienna dots that are located at the addresses of nazi victims killed during that year.

Datum - Traces

 Then, the users are free to explore the map - they can zoom and search for specific addresses and activate each dot to find the basic data of the nazi victim: name, date of birth, date of deportation, place and date of death. Users are also invited to help fill the victims' profiles by adding extra information and a photo.

To see the project, click here.

EbolaWatch - Citi FM

#HackAgainstEbola - Accra, 2014

EbolaWatch is a voice notification platform for mobile phones that gives updates on the status of Ebola in local West African languages. Users choose the language to receive updates in. They subscribe using their mobile phone number and then receive regular voice message alerts on Ebola. Through this platform, users can subscribe themselves and also contacts who do not have Internet access.

Citi FM - EbolaWatch

The project is still in private beta but it has a great outreach potential, as it overcomes two significant barriers that prevent effective communication on Ebola: language and technology. Using mobile technology was deemed the best way to communicate messages to the largest possible segment of the Ghanian population (mobile penetration in Ghana stands at over 100 percent).

Discover the project here.

LocalFocus Widget API - LocalFocus

NOS Editors Lab - Amsterdam, 2015

LocalFocus Widget API enables newsrooms to easily use data from the LocalFocus databse to provide more context to their news articles. LocalFocus's interactive maps and charts can be easily customized thanks to this API. During the hackdays, LocalFocus added a new functionality that immediatly adapts a story and all graphics according to the reader's location. It thus makes data-driven stories more relevant and easy to understand.

LocalFocus Widget API

Discover the LocalFocus Widget API here.

App of Cards - Brief

Gazeta Wyborcza Editors Lab - Warsaw, 2015

App of Cards is a tool to visualise election data (polls, social buzz, election outcomes) accompanied by analysis from industry experts. It is a resource to analyse political campaigns and, more notably, to discover how buzz on the Internet correlates with the outcome of elections and thus, assess the effectiveness of the different political marketing strategies.

Brief - App of Cards

This app was originally designed for the Polish presidential elections but it can be adapted to any other kind of elections. 

Read more about the project here and discover the app here.

The Journalist Toolbox - The Times

BBC #NewsHACK #EditorsLab - London, 2015

The Times - The Journalist Toolbox

The Journalist Toolbox is a searchable index of resources that help journalists find the right tools to create multimedia and interactive elements. Github is a repository of open-source journalistic tools, but journalists that have no coding background struggle to find the relevant storytelling tools because Github was developed primarily for developers. With its friendly interface and great user experience, The Journalist Toolbox makes the work of journalists much easier. They can type the name of what they are trying to make, such as a chart, quiz, or timeline, and then a list of suitable tools is presented. In the future, users will also be able to filter results by language, category, ease of use, and more. The Journalist Toolbox fosters collaboration with the media community: users can add tools to the repository if these tools comply with the community standards. Users can also comment on the suggested tools and up- or down-vote them depending on their usability.

At the BBC Editors Lab, The Journalist Toolbox won a special prize: the guidance of Goldsmiths University and BBC News Labs in Summer 2015 in order to launch a public alpha version.

Discover the project here.

HeartSaver - ProPublica

Editors Lab New York - New York City, 2013

HeartSaver aims to help players explore access to good emergency care in New York City. It focuses on the case of heart failure in New York, where nearly half a million people suffer from heart diseases. The goal of the game is to save as many heart attack victims as possible; a player's score depends on how quickly they can get victims to the best available hospital. Playing this difficult game is a great way to raise awareness on the inequalities that New York residents face when it comes to healthcare.

ProPublica - HeartSaver

Play the game here and read about the project here

The Waffler - Digital First Media

Editors Lab New York - New York City, 2013

The Waffler is a game that puts users in the role of a politician seeking office. They have to take a stance on a barrage of policy questions. As they answer, their popularity rises or falls based on how poll respondents feel about those issues. Can they stay true to their values and still garner voters' support? The game illustrates the tension candidates face between their need to gain enough public support to win and to remain true to their convictions and controversial issues.

Digital First Media - The Waffler

Play the game here.

#GreenAlert - Oxpeckers

Editors Lab Media 24 - Cape Town, 2013

#GreenAlert is a platform that enables users to discover new urban developments such as mines, dams, power stations, roads, and landfill sites planned in their areas and assess how these developments will affect their environment. South African law stipuates that planned development projects can only start once their environmental impacts are assessed. #GreenAlert helps users monitor nearby projects by registering for alerts whenever the status of ElAs change.

Oxpeckers - #GreenAlert

#GreenAlert empowers citizens by making the mining and infrastructure development process more transparent and creates and engaged community of environmental watchdogs that keep the developers accountable.

Discover the platform here.