Media Laboratory

Summary

Building sustainable online engagement has become a major challenge for the media industry since it means competing against platforms that have been engineered to capture user attention. This project wants to add interactivity to traditional news articles. First by building an infrastructure that facilitates the creation of data-supported articles, in particular in the data collection, processing and visualization processes. Then by developing methods to automate the intervention of experts. To do this, scientists and engineers will rely on the platform of the “Media Observatory Initiative” which preceded this project. In the end, new formats will be explored with partner institutions, researchers and students. This research effort will lead to a series of data-supported articles and will pave the way for future data-journalism projects.

Keywords :
content creation, data journalism, expert interventions, engagement, interactivity
Duration

12 months

People involved

Principal investigator

Prof. Karl Aberer (EPFL)

 

Scientists

Jérémie Rappaz (EPFL)

Prof. Nathalie Pignard-Cheynel (UniNE)

Lena Würgler (UniNE)

Andrew Robotham (UniNE)

 

Software engineer

Marco Romanelli (EPFL)

 

Media partner

Sarah Sermondadaz (Heidi.news)

Academic institutions

Distributed Information Systems Laboratory – LSIR (EPFL)

Academy of Journalism and Media – AJM (UniNE)

Media partner

Le Temps

Heidi.news

Status

This project started in October 2020 and is ongoing

Related call for projects

IMI Research Grant (April 2020)