NewsThings presents to Google DNI community

October 19, 2017
John Mills

At the end of September, John Mills headed down to the Press Association’s London HQ to present the Google-funded NewsThings project.

Bringing together UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio, news group Trinity Mirror and Bristol based design agency Thomas Buchanan, NewsThings is taking a user-centred approach to designing new internet of things objects capable of conveying news and information.

Google’s Digitial News Initiative, which is injecting €124m over three years to fire news innovation throughout Europe, brought together a range of projects from a number of the funding tranches.


Example projects covered trust and verification tools, proximity broadcasting pilot projects and Wikipedia’s new project – WikiTribune – which is attempting to bring the online encyclopaedia’s collaborative approach to online journalism. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, was in the room to run through the project’s current development phase and outline how a collaborative approach could bring a new model to journalism.

The Media Innovation Studio’s John Mills and Trinity Mirror Innovation Editor Paul Gallagher were in the room to represent the NewsThing collaboration. John presented the current progress on NewsThings, its aspirations and some early indications of what the initial prototypes set out to achieve. Spanning newsroom tools, personalised printers and a physical-digital radio, the project is attempting to establish what new opportunities IoT may present, and how it could capitalise on them.

For more information on NewsThings, check out our project page.

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