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New horizons for 2017 (and 2020)

I am thrilled to announce that – with the start of January – I joined Interlink Academy to work on a digital journalism project that combines big data analysis and text mining to help journalists to find new ideas for stories. The „INJECT“ project is part of EU Commision’s „Horizon 2020“ program to strengthen innovations in the European Union. The EU funding is the second step to develop a tool and integrate it in newsroom’s content management systems. The initial funding came from Google. I will work part time for Interlink and will continue to work as a data journalist for NDR public German broadcasting and as a journalism trainer for ARD.ZDF-Medienakademie, RTL, Henri-Nannen-Schule and others.

INJECT’s aim is to transfer new digital technologies to newsrooms and to journalists to increase the competitiveness of European news and media organisations. Journalism seeks to structure information for its consumption by readers. It involves selecting, prioritising, presenting, projecting, sharing and editing raw information to make it appealing and useful to readers. Newsrooms with content management systems (CMSs) tend to only use keyword searches based on tagged content to search for and discover news content, which requires the journalist knows what he or she is looking for. Likewise, search engines such as Google and Bing support keyword-based searches that, again, require journalists to know what they are looking for on the social web. In contrast, new and more effective creative search and creativity support tools can enable journalists to discover information and create more novel news stories more quickly, also resulting increasing journalist productivity.

Therefore, INJECT will introduce new creativity support technologies to journalism.

INJECT is a consortium formed to improve industry competitiveness through increased journalist creativity and productivity. It brings together newspapers, journalist networks, ICT providers, journalist trainers and organisations representing over 18,000 publications and 15,000 online sites from more than 120 countries. To meet this need in journalism, INJECT consortium members have researched and adapted new creative search algorithms and services that manipulate the journalist’s primary medium – written information – and developed innovative creativity and productivity support tools deliberately for use by journalists. Four of these new services and tools provide the baseline research inputs to this Innovation Action.

14 organisations and institutions come together in the INJECT consortium:

  • THE CITY UNIVERSITY London, United Kingdom (project leader)
  • Bladet Sunnhordland AS, Norway
  • Explaain LTD, United Kingdom
  • FONDATION NATIONALE SCIENCES POLITIQUES, France
  • Hallingdoelen, AS Norway
  • Hordaland Bladdrift, AS Norway
  • INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS, Greece
  • Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism, Hamburg, Germany
  • MOBILETECH AS, Norway
  • RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN, Netherlands
  • Stichting VersPers Uitgeverij, Netherlands
  • Stichting VJ Movement Foundation, Netherlands
  • UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN, Norway
  • WAN-IFRA FR, France

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