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    Futures Lab Update #63: Hacking the Future of Journalism

    by Reuben Stern
    June 11, 2014
    A two-day hackathon organized and hosted in San Francisco by The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, KQED and the Public Media Platform brought together 80 journalists, programmers and other innovative thinkers who, in teams, developed prototypes for projects addressing challenges in digital journalism. Four of the 14 projects won prize money for their prototypes.

    This week we bring you new concepts for tools, business models and information services aimed at improving real-time social journalism across digital platforms.

    The ideas surfaced during a two-day hackathon organized and hosted in San Francisco by The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, KQED and the Public Media Platform. About 80 journalists, programmers and other innovative thinkers formed teams and developed prototypes over the course of 37 hours. Out of the 14 projects presented in the end, four received awards from the panel of judges.

    “Incentivizr … is a model that extends the business model for publications who have a paid subscriber user base already… we want to bring the incentive back towards creating more high quality content and [reduce] the need to rely on advertising revenue to drive all of your revenue.” – Faruk Ates, Incentivizr

    In this update we hear from members of each of the winning teams about what they came up with and how their ideas could make a difference.

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    Reporting by Reuben Stern and Travis McMillen.

    Incentivizr

    The hackathon grand prize was awarded to this system that would let paid digital media subscribers allocate a portion of their monthly subscription payments directly to the producers of their favorite stories.
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    HereSay

    The idea uses the location-based Twitter keyword trends identified by Wayin‘s social media management tools to serve up geographically relevant stories contained in the Public Media Platform. (The concept won the prize for best integration of the Public Media Platform.)
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    Civic Sentiment

    Designed to engage young people in the upcoming 2016 presidential election, this tool would visualize in real time how Twitter users feel about live political speeches and debates. (The concept won the prize for best integration of tools from social media-related tech company Wayin.)
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    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words on Top of Twitter’s 140 Characters

    This tool would feed images found on Twitter into a space alongside news articles so readers could tweet about the article with relevant images “tailored to each reader’s interpretation.” (The concept won the prize for best integration of tools from social media-related tech company Chute.)
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    Other projects

    The range of ideas included tools to let users adjust the tone of story headlines, to reduce the chaos of online comments, to alert journalists to breaking news events, to organize citizen journalism video, to visualize audio content, and others. Although teams competed for prizes, the overall vibe during the final presentations was friendly and supportive.
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    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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    The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad app to watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new episode. 

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