Media Laboratory


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.

A large consortium, which includes part of the scientific team and the media partner of this project, has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) as part of NRP 80 (Covid-19 in Society) for a new project codenamed PanDa (Pandemic Data), which started in April 2023 as a follow-up to this project.

Project presentation at the IMI Annual Event (10.02.2022)

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

12 months

People involved

Principal investigator

Prof. Karl Aberer (EPFL)



Jérémie Rappaz (EPFL)

Prof. Nathalie Pignard-Cheynel (UniNE)

Lena Würgler (UniNE)

Andrew Robotham (UniNE)

Mattia Pillonel (UniNE)


Software engineer

Marco Romanelli (EPFL)



François Quellec (EPFL)


Media experts

Sarah Sermondadaz (

Lukas Stöcklin (

Academic institutions

Distributed Information Systems Laboratory – LSIR (EPFL)

Academy of Journalism and Media – AJM (UniNE)

Media partner


This project started in October 2020 and has been completed

Related call for projects

IMI Research Grant (April 2020)