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NewsThings kicks off with Bristol and Manchester workshops

April 18, 2017
John Mills

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Exploring how users and audiences could shape a news and journalistic Internet of Thigns, , the Google DNI-funded NewsThings project at the end of March with two audience workshops.

Taking place in Bristol and Manchester in quick succession (March 28th and April 4th), the sessions tried to understand how audiences consume news and information over the course of the day.

Designed and run by Tom Metcalfe – principle at creative agency Thomas Buchanan – and supported by project partners John Mills at the Media Innovation Studio and Alison Gow, innovations editor at Trinity Mirror Regionals, the sessions sought to dig down into not only how people consume news, but what it means to them.

Armed with blank timeline sheests, post-its, pens and lots of food and refreshments, the groups interviewed each other about when and where they grabbed information from, and plotted their ‘average day of news consumption’.

The workshop groups were also asked to think more widely about what news and information actually is, and where it may come from. This could range from professional media and journalists, to friends, neighbours and family members passing on info via text, in the pub or over the garden fence. Overlaying news sources that covered both digital and physical, the workshops sought to create a rich map me media experiences.

Following the sessions, the NewsThings team plan to hold additional session with newsrooms and commercial staff from within the Trinity Mirror Regionals network, and create ‘cultural probes’ that users will carry around with them to gather rich data on how they encounter and interact with news in their daily lives.

We’ll then move to create a range of prototypes for people to try in their homes.

To keep updated on the NewsThings project, follow the #newsthings on twitter or keep your eye on our regular Media Innovation Studio updates…

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