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Media Lab mapping presents at World News Media Congress

June 28, 2017
John Mills

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Researcher John Mills travelled to Durban this month to the World News Media Congress to support a joint-research project mapping media innovation labs from around the world.

Over the last two years the Media Innovation Studio has been working with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers’ (WAN-IFRA) Global Alliance for Media Innovation to better understand organisational structures, motivations and methods that power media innovation. This study is specifically geared around innovation labs located either within publishing houses, academic institutions or independent commercial or public funded structures.

This work has been carried out with aa range of other partners, including Ubilab at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, the NxtMedia network in Norway and the Stibo Accelerator in Denmark.

Since 2016, the team have interviewed around 30 labs and collaborative projects, and the initial profiles published on the site. Our early findings point towards a multidisciplinary team-construction, light touch metrics through which the labs are discussed and a keen focus on product development and collaboration between technologists and editorial.

Media Innovation Mapping – seeking to track innovation labs from around the world

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Andrea Wagemans, project coordinator for the INJECT project, presented the initial findings of the collaboration, and John joined her on stage to represent both this project, and the initial work of the Google-Funded NewsThings project (read more here).

The Media Innovation Mapping project will be ongoing, with each partner continuing to carry out interviews with labs across multiple continents.

The World News Media Congress is one of the largest gatherings of news media executives in the world, and runs hand-in-hand with the World Editors Forum. This year saw a range of speakers including Richard Gingras, vice president of news at Google, Tony Haille, CEO of Scroll and founder of Chartbeat and Justin Arenstein, founder of Code4Africa and impactAfrica.




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