WSJ/Marketwatch Wins Sunnyvale Hackdays with Revolutionary Live Ticker App
WSJ/Marketwatch won the Editors Lab Hackdays organized by the Global Editors Network, and Yahoo! News with a great live ticker app. The teams from UC Berkeley, The Huffington Post and Yahoo! News received honorable mentions from the jury.
The winning project, called ‘Tickerline’ can be viewed online here. It creates a new story experience, zooming in on the moment when news breaks on a stock. TickerLine tells the reader what's happening right now, and use stock charting to put that moment in context. TickerLine generate automatically so this experience reaches the reader the very second the first news update is published. Each TickerLine is like a single thread on the greater timeline: Swiping on the stock chart moves the reader back and forward in time, offering them a glimpse into how news has affected a company's stock. Readers can "Follow" a specific TickerLine thread to receive alerts with every update. A reader can pinch a chart or rotate their phone to zoom in more on market data to get greater clarity on company performance over time.
The two-day Editors Lab at Yahoo HQ, on November 2-3, saw The Seattle Times, The LA Times, Investigative News Network, Huffington Post Media Group, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, MarketWatch, and Vox Media, compete to build the most innovative news-driven mobile app, or digital content, around the theme: Kill the article–Re-imagining the Format of Online News Stories.
Each participating team was composed of three media professionals: a journalist, a software programmer and a designer. The winning team is now invited to take part in the 'International Hackathon' GEN Barcelona Summit 2014, competing against the winners of the twenty national Hackdays being hosted throughout the world since September 2013.