Futures Lab Update #132: Evrybit and SmartNews

    by Reuben Stern
    December 11, 2015
    Evrybit allows users to combine multimedia elements on a smartphone in real time. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.

    This week we check out a tool for creating stories on smartphones; and we learn about an app that automatically selects content for various users.

    "We're advancing from machine learning further into what's known as deep learning," Vincent Chang, senior manager of communications, SmartNews

    PART 1: Evrybit

    Evrybit is a mobile storytelling app that enables users to combine multimedia elements on a smartphone in real time. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Eric Ortiz shows us how it works.
    Reporting by Berkeley Lovelace.


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    Additional information:

    The company recently launched a custom storytelling service so businesses or individuals can pay to have an Evrybit story created for them.


    PART 2: SmartNews

    The founders of SmartNews are using machine learning and a sophisticated algorithm to deliver personalized streams of news and information. We explore how the app tailors content for different users.
    Reporting by Berkeley Lovelace.

    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

    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.

    FuturesLabWebBanner-mediashiftThe 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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