Andy’s been hard at work with the weekly MIS Dispatches http://mediainnovationstudio.org/media-innovation-studio-dispatch-2nd-june/ if you haven’t found time to give them a read, trust me it will be worth a 5 minutes of your time.
A lot of new faces around in the Studio, we’ve welcomed Aäron Declerck as our 2016 intern, Aäron worked on some amazing prototype projects for us including the SlackRadio, MIS people / influence datavis and the air quality sensor platform. Also for the first time we have MIS PhD candidates in the office with Jack Davenport and Oliver Halstead working in the areas of sound interfaces and archiving.
Open Data Camp4, Pubs and bus stops and Fez's It's Media Mill, our weekly roundup of open data and data journalism news – http://eepurl.com/cs0_JL
A festive feel to this weeks edition of Media Mill Gazette from the Studios very own Andy Dickinson http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c79bbc78b5a81941d399b3a12&id=1d3960384f
The latest Media Mill Gazette from the Studio's Andy Dickinson is just out http://bit.ly/2fW1WGJ . This edition leads on last week's data journalism conference at BBC, Birmingham, and features some insightful examples of datajournalism drawn from event.
Congratulations to our great colleagues and creators of the Global Sound Movement – worthy winners of the 2016 Times Higher Award for Innovation in the Arts.
Our pioneering project to connect three remote villages in Armenia with a new WiFi network will be supported by a three-week content drive from next week. CAST project is a pilot designed to overcome a central problem: providing relevant information in remote locations where connectivity is either non existent, problematic, costly and simply not reliable, and where media is, or may be controlled with biased agendas. People want to read their local blogger but find he is drowned out by the hectic and noisy online Google search-driven place of the Internet. They are at the local post office and want to know about the church service times, or when the post office is open but have no mobile data coverage. They are at a protest or concert and want to interact with all the other people at the event, without having to use Facebook or the Internet which may be otherwise controlled or restricted. Others might need valuable business or medical services but can’t access the Internet because the network has been damaged or shut down. This project has been a technical struggle but we are delighted to be heading back to the villages and connect communities in new and exciting digital ways. See http://www.castproject.org|www.castproject.org for more
A collaborative project involving UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio, Trinity Mirror Regionals and innovation consultancy Thomas Buchanan has won Google support to explore how the news media sector could harness the Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT is an emergent sector, and some suggest the potential to be the next digital revolution, The NewsThings project seeks to understand how news and journalism could harness connected things to find new ways of connecting with people and conveying stories. The project sought support from the European-wide Google Digital News Initiative earlier this year, and was announced as being one of 124 funded projects today as part of the €24 million second round. More info can be found via Google https://blog.google/topics/google-europe/digital-news-initiative-second-funding-24-million
How to make any revenues from hyperlocal journalism is one of the most pressing concerns of a sustainable media ecosystem. Led by Media Innovation Studio’s Clare Cook comes a study of the revenue models of 35 hyperlocals across Europe, published by Nesta. The report includes a comprehensive mapping of hyperlocal media landscapes in the UK, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Sweden. It charts a detailed picture of what efforts are being done to innovate and make money listing a range of revenue sources. It then also offers 22 emerging initiatives with which to experiment. The report offers recommendations and conclusions for the sector which are aimed at hyperlocal practitioners, policy makers and academics. In all, the report is a compelling addition to the knowledge gap around hyperlocal media.
Viable, sustainable and resilient hyperlocal publishers are diversifying their revenues and do not rely on one revenue source, resulting in substantial income differences.
Partnerships are an important part of the revenue ‘mesh’. The small size of hyperlocal media services could be a permanent obstacle in moving towards maturity; partnerships could help to solve this problem.
Native advertising or sponsored content is sparking increased interest and some lucrative revenues.
There is resurgence in the interest of print, which plays an important role in discoverability and sustainability of hyperlocal media services.
Crowdfunding is a valuable opportunity for specific projects and campaigns.
There is a high use of and reliance on volunteers; they can be used creatively and to great effect as a resource.
To date, Europe hasn’t benefitted from a comprehensive study of the current and emerging revenue streams available to hyperlocal publishers, and the new opportunities afforded by digital technology.
Therefore, we worked with strategic organisations and selected 35 case studies from the UK, the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Sweden – as these are territories with a similar hyperlocal media landscape in regards to growth, challenges and innovation – to find out how these publishers are monetising their services and what we can learn from them.
The objective is to inform hyperlocal publishers, from across Europe and beyond, as to which methods and strategies are available to them, to help them develop stronger business models.
Authors: Clare Cook, Kathryn Geels and Piet Bakker
Download a copy <http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/hyperlocal-revenues-uk-and-europe>. To request a print version please tweet @cecook.
A special edition of the Journal of Print, Media and Technology Research is now live – <http://www.iarigai.com/images/jpmtr-abstracts/web-216y.pdf> – Co-edited by the Media Innovation Studio’s John Mills, the special edition presents a selection of papers presented at the IARIGAI conference held in Helsinki in September 2015 and focusses on four factors of innovation operating within the European print industry. Theses span audience, design, technology and business, and bring together papers from a diverse range of disciplines and European nations. The research spans studies on digital and print user experience, new augmented reality publishing systems, digital handwriting tools, business model innovation and attitudinal data across the European print industry.
Clare has begun her work as External Assessor for Google’s Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund.
The fund runs for three years to €150m and selects innovative projects from across Europe. The main aim is to stimulate the news industry through innovation. Projects will be assessed on their impact, innovation and feasibility.
She will be working alongside Sameer Padina and Patrick Aust, and with the internal Google Innovation Fund team. Sameer has worked for leading organisations in media support, human rights and philanthropy on a wide range of journalism and digital media initiatives. Most recently, he worked as a grant-making Program Officer at the Open Society Foundation, with a global focus on experimentation in journalism. He runs Macroscope, a strategic consultancy focused on new developments in journalism, human rights and digital media. Patrick is the co-founder of Sohomint GmbH, an Online-Marketing as well as Content-Monetization company. After selling Sohomint GmbH to publisher Axel Springer Patrick became one of three Managing Directors. He left Sohomint in March 2015 and co-founded kapatim GmbH – focused on highly customized content consultancies and Big-Data-Management. He is now Managing Director of Linden Harlow, focusing on project management as well as management consultancies.
An early start for Andy this morning to make it to BBC Radio 5Live to talk local newspapers. Listen again at about 20mins in – <http://bbc.in/1TgrKto|bbc.in/1TgrKto>
The Civic Drone Centre has featured in a number of media pieces on drone journalism this week. Researcher John Mills has been chatting to journalism.co.uk and SkyTango about drones, sensor data, data journalism and how UAVs could contribute to newsrooms up and down the UK and beyond. Check out the interviews and opinions here https://soundcloud.com/journalismnews/how-can-drones-be-used-to-generate-data-for-in-depth-journalism and here https://skytango.com/drone-journalism-opportunities-and-challenges-14-experts-share-their-views/
Super excited to be hosting an academic workshop on the littleBits platform this year at IDC 2016 21 June. We’ll be introducing the littleBits platform and our work on onboarding user where we will be inviting children to participate at the event alongside academic conference delegates. Fun times ahead!
As we launch CAST in three villages in Armenia, we are exploring whether WiFi proximity broadcasting can be a mechanism for media plurality. As such we have submitted a paper to Freedom and Control of Expression in the Digital Aftermath of the 2015 Paris Attacks in Toulouse in October. Armenia was chosen for this pilot because it offered a set of deployment challenges which met the project’s objectives: communities with smart phones but limited use of data plans due to cost, unreliable or inconsistent access to the Internet, and limited media plurality. Currently in Armenia, media plurality is hindered by informal practices as well as formal structures . The makeup of the regulating body over television and radio is politically influenced, the public broadcaster is in service to the ruling power rather than the people, and private TV stations are not truly independent. A news app will aggregate content via automated scraping from news services including ArmComedy, <http://Hetq.am|Hetq.am>, EU, Civilnet and Wikimedia. Focus groups have shown these alternative news and award-winning investigative journalist sites are largely undiscovered in these villages, which rely on state-influenced television media as their primary news source. <http://Kolba.am|Kolba.am> a project of United Nations Development Programme will use CAST to ask the communities which issues, related to governance, are most important to them. In all, CAST will explore the impact of a new mechanism for positioning alternative, independent and citizen media in the digital era of online expression. It will assess its effectiveness as a tool for creating alternative proximity news.
Ten days in Armenia comes to an end for me tomorrow. We’ve seen a vibrant and world leading technology sector in the capital Yerevan, coding it’s way out of former Soviet rule. In three villages we’ve been launching @castprj – a way to deconstruct the Internet and provide news information and interaction for communities in remote areas. I’ve been asked everything: does this spy on us? Can I watch Real Madrid? Who owns the data? Can it play me at chess? And I’ve seen more rusty bland landscape and been in more smokey choked rooms than I can handle. But with the continued tenacity of the technology team on what is an extremely challenging ask, we hope to offer news and interactions in small pockets of communities like never before. Schools with one Internet enabled computer will be ‘live’ with our network. World award-winning investigative news reporting will be in the communities that have only really read state tv. It’s been challenging. Hopefully it will be innovative.
It’s not often you get chance to have a claim to fame but today I was the first British woman to set foot in Kamaris – a small village in Armenia. It’s one of three villages we are using to pilot our project CAST. We are developing a village connectivity system that almost deconstructs the internet. It allows villagers to connect with one another digitally and pull in the information they want from the web. It was amazing to see the children and elders get so excited about the project. Although I have never had a glossy brochure look quite so out of place. While the school was without heating and mostly dilapidated, the children were switched on and excited to question the possibilities. To stand in such an alien environment and try to explain what a British researcher was doing in their community was humbling. Of all the villages in the world, what was I doing there? It will be a pleasure to learn with them over the coming months.
Yesterday saw Mark Lochrie present his paper on using Slack with dynamic teams at TCCM2016. He talked about where slack had originated, how people use it and how the Media Innovation Studio has built their own services on top of the platform. The next step for the research is to further open up the platform to other communities to share and capture their own stories.
Clare is delighted to be speaking at the 4M International Meeting organized by CFI (the French operator in media cooperation) which will be held on 20 and 21 April 2016 in Paris.
This fourth edition of the 4M International Meeting is a unique opportunity for exchange, networking and sharing of information with more than 200 on-line news and new media professionals from about 40 different countries.
Professionals from all over the world compare their editorial innovations, economic or technical experiences, successes and problems and gain insight for their projects.
She will be involved in a workshop: FROM BACKERS TO INVESTORS
Whether acting on behalf of institutions or privately, investors need a clear vision of the short-, medium- and long-term development of the organisations asking for backing to help meet their financing needs.
In this workshop, the two speakers will use the session to explain the delicate transition from funding obtained from institutional bodies to that provided by private investors.
This workshop will last an hour and a half. It will be during the second day. And she will co-facilitate it with another speaker from Africa, Omar Cissé from Teranga Capital.
Today saw the latest member of our team start. Glenn is with us as a junior creative technologist intern, he will be working on a range of projects for DataMakers ranging from, creating new experiences with the littleBits platform to co-working on the cast project. Not to mention supporting the Media Innovation Studio in the next wave of projects and infrastructures.
Another camera ready paper submitted. This time exploring the role Slack plays within a interdisciplinary team to encourage collaboration. From our knowledge its the first research paper on the Slack platform. The paper will be uploaded to the MIS site once its been published and presented at <http://www.crossmedia-konferenz.de/index.php/en/topics.html>
Another fantastic step forward with the CAST project and three village visits now complete. All posing slightly different deployment challenges. There’s potential major impact on schools with no resources, women at home with no access to news and information, village authorities that want to spread information about villagers earning money from farming their own land, the need to replicate physical noticeboards when a village has been split in two by 8km due to an earthquake…… We are exploring partnerships so far for automated content scraping with: 1. CivilNet <http://civilnet.am/> 2. Hetq <http://hetq.am/> 3. <http://ArmComedy.com|ArmComedy.com> <http://www.armcomedy.com/> 4. Wikimedia <https://www.wikimedia.org/> 5. Khan Academy <https://www.khanacademy.org/>…. all of this rises interesting research questions about what we are: platform, village connectivity, aggregator, extranet, virtual private network – and the extent to which modern communication technologies continue to disrupt…. We are blessed with an extraordinarily talented team at two ends of the globe!
What an enjoyable morning, we have been outlining the next stages of the DataMakers project. Discussing the continuation of developing our littleBits workshops, researching Slack’s purposes in multiple environments, project planning for Glenn our newest member of the team as an intern, and massive progress on the Media Innovation Studio Interactive Review.
We’ve just had our paper “Media Mill: Hyperlocal Data Journalism” accepted for NODA15 – the Nordic Data Journalism Conference in April. The paper is part of our output from the InnovateUK and Nesta funded Media Mill project exploring new opportunities for creating open data driven content in the hyperlocal sector.
Our paper "Hyperlocal news media and entrepreneurship – the road to sustainability" has been accepted into World Media Economics and Management Conference. Coauthored by Piet Bakker from J Lab Utrecht and myself Clare Cook, this is part of the outputs from our Nesta funded work looking at the revenue models of hyperlocals across Europe. We are excited to be heading to the 12th World Media Economics and Management Conference at Fordham University in New York.
Exact date and time of our paper presentation will be announced shortly.
After one week in Nantes and three days crunching data we have successfully completed #hyblab 2016 in partnership with three French universities and ten publishers. 140 students joined the data journalism project of which 5 from Uclan experimenting in teams of data scientists, journalists and graphic designers. This innovative pedagogic approach offers original team experiences as well as a first editorial and data experience for many. Data sets ranged from air pollution to town sports to history.
Another day, another paper submitted. This time we collaborated with UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio – Civic Drone Centre and DataMakers, Innovation and Enterprise and Adrian Gradinar from Lancaster University in a DiGRA/FDG publication. The paper explores the use of playful interfaces in the help of search and rescue operations. It has been submitted as an extended abstract concluding that further work will be conducted around such platform to better serve the rescue community.
Triangulating data analysis, publishers and students needs an innovative approach. Luckily that’s what <http://Hyblab.fr|Hyblab.fr> achieves. Andy and Clare are currently in Nantes working through data sets with students from three French universities and UClan students looking at air quality in Leeds and deprivation index in Preston working out how to better tell stories.
well thats the second instalment of the littleBits chapters. DataMakers this time took their kit to Lincoln University and some of the creations were amazing, totally blown away with how quick and easy people take to it. It is really cool to see how people react to making something within such a short space of time. Even the bigger kids loved it too! Would be cool to do a joint workshop with the Lincoln Media group.
The first Research Exchange took place today, we had about 10 participants attends the drop in session. Conversations ranged from data centric discussions and community led projects. There is already a good number of exchange cards posted on the board. What is obvious so far is that a diverse range of skills are needed. It was huge success in terms of getting people thinking about research and who they want to collaborate with
Two days with Trinity Mirror nearly done. Great conversations about what’s driving their newsrooms.
Its Stockholm next week as part of our ongoing impact work with exiled media. The two day course will set out social media strategies for media that can no longer function in their own country due to government restrictions or risks even oppression. Around 20 media organisations from around the world will be working with us to work out how to better communicate engage distribute and develop content.
As part of our ongoing work with Trinity Mirror, we spent some time with them at their Canary Wharf headquarters this week, talking video with lots of hands on and inspiration from the excellent Christian Payne aka @documentally
Great discussions yesterday with Preston Soup and what we can do to assist. In the first instance we will be looking at providing simple technical support, then looking at adding our own spin on the soups (some REALLY good ideas came out of the meeting) and then conducting research on soups and Preston Soup.
It started with a ceramicist and an AHRC research grant. Now UCLan Prof Dave Binns has a factory and VC funding to up cycle ceramics in a sustainable low carbon way producing new materials for work surfaces, facias, flooring etc. Alusid http://bit.ly/1lLCN3P is up for an award at tonight’s TImes Higher Education Awards for the most innovative arts project. It’s a great example of the continuum that is research, innovation and exploitation of knowledge. It’s a great endorsement of the importance of the Arts and Humanities Research Council in funding arts practice that makes a social and economic contribution. Let’s hope the judges are smart enough to see the link! Good luck tonight Dave
Yesterday was our first DataMakers data making games workshop. We welcomed 2nd year games students into the studio to hear talks on Location Based Games, sensors and data. The students formed teams of around 5 to design Location Based Games around the collection of air quality. The games ranged from tamigotchi style creatures that breath in the air to games around journeys and zones.
Each team then presented their work back to the group in a 6 minute presentation and 2 minute Q&A. Students and academics then judged the ideas based on their presentation, game concept and designs.
The next step of the workshop is to develop further some of the concepts into a game that will be the focal point of a research paper. Investigating the use of games as a mechanic to collect air quality data.
The Civic Drone Centre has responded to questions asked by BIS prior to a workshop next Monday (23rd Nov) looking at the barriers and challenges to the drone industry. Darren Ansell is looking for BIS/Government to create a funding call for small UAS safety systems.
Prof Paul Egglestone is delighted to be invited to speak at the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar: The UK local media sector – audience growth, partnerships and policy priorities, on April 21st 2016.
The seminar is to be chaired by Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director, Telegraph Media Group and Lord Gordon of Strathblane.
The discussion will range across:
The future of local content in the wider media landscape: latest strategic thinking on widening audience engagement, including innovative content partnerships, a strengthened editorial proposition and exploiting data for better service delivery;
The local media workforce: how skill sets in the industry are evolving to keep pace with the changing digital media marketplace and the role of the local media sector as a test-bed for new ideas and talent;
The BBC and the UK local media market: the impact on the local and national news publishing sector of proposals from the BBC for shared local staffing going forward, the outcome of the BBC’s consultation on how the Corporation can work in partnership with hyperlocal websites and bloggers to support their journalism, and the ongoing Charter re-negotiation process;
Wider national, local and hyperlocal collaboration: the commercial, service and policy opportunities;
Options for policy: looking towards economic sustainability of the sector across the UK – including the role of Governments, regulators, PSBs and the commercial sector.