Robot Journalism – We should not be afraid

Robot journalism or automation is becoming an important part of news production. It speeds up news production and generates a vast amount of content in a matter of sector to be distributed and consumed in print and online. However, we know little about how news automation work and its implication on ethics and quality of journalism, as well as the impact on human journalists.

These questions were explored in a workshop organized by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) within the framework of the Media Road project on 5 June in Lisbon, Portugal. The workshop was attended by around 40 participants from across Europe, including journalists, academics, media and journalists’ representatives.

Experts on robot journalism, journalists, developers, media managers and academics participated in the three panels discussion focusing on: the production and application of robot journalism, the impact on the working conditions of journalists and the ethical issues surrounding robot journalism.

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There it is! Swedish Radio kicks off their local Sandbox.

The first milestone for the Swedish Radio Sandbox

With some delay I land in beautiful Stockholm.

In the evening I present at the first Sandbox event of the Swedish Radio Sandbox. This takes place in the Culture House in the middle of the city. Linda and Malin, project managers from the local Sandbox, have furnished the room very cozily with seats, music, donuts and other delicacies. The atmosphere is right immediately.

Linda and Malin also give the word to Signal Signal, one of their first two startup collaborations. It is great to see these ladies drive and observe how fast their Sandbox is evolving. In addition to the two ongoing projects, several other startups are also present, so everything is there to make this fantastic start a big success story. Those very welcome extra people will certainly also grow with the upcoming events.

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Learnings about France Télévisions’s first Startup Accelerator

The Innovation division and the MediaLab (the innovation structure for the News department) designed and implemented an internal start-up accelerator, with the help of Cap Digital and in partnership with the start-up Newsbridge.

After a selection panel, Newsbridge was selected to follow this 4-month acceleration program including :

  • being hosted within the editorial team from 23rd October 2017 ;
  • a « sponsorship» by a manager from the News department ;
  • the co-construction of a solution for indexing the shootings thanks to artificial intelligence, and a semantic search engine ;
  • an experimentation phase ;
  • supporting the start-up in its growth;
  • co-financing the project to reward the startup’s commitment.

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The media sector calls for a dedicated funding scheme to support innovation and creativity in Europe

Press release

BRUSSELS, 24 MAY 2018 

Two leading EU-funded media projects, I3 and MediaRoad, gathered today representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission and media organisations to discuss the challenges facing media innovation and the need for a common programme within the next European Financial Framework. The event was hosted and supported by MEP Dr. Christian Ehler, co-chair of the Intergroup of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).

During the debate, the sector highlighted its needs to foster media research and innovation in Europe and ensure its competitiveness, jointly calling for a dedicated funding programme integrating technology innovation and creativity in Europe.

By creating an open and horizontal innovation scheme, the EU could bridge the existing gaps between technological innovation, creative content production

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The Future of Media Innovation in the EU Research Agenda post-2020

On Thursday 24 May, European media stakeholders will gather together for a Policy Dialogue lunch event in the European Parliament in Brussels with industry leaders, academics, creative sector representatives and innovators in the field of media. It is a key event addressing media innovation support schemes for the media industry in the upcoming FP9 Framework programme beyond-2020.

 

The European media industry is facing profound digital transformation. Media is fast integrating advances like Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, High performance computing, 5G and others while at the same time is called to tackle new challenges like fake news, data security, and role of the global platforms and new concentrations of power, which are also impacting the democratic discourse.

 

In this context, Media Innovation and Research (R&I) has never been so pivotal for the future developments of the sector.

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Media Innovation: its future in the next European Research Agenda

European policy makers are now discussing the future of the European Research Agenda beyond 2020 in the framework of the upcoming proposal on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and its R&D scheme, the Framework Programme 9 (FP9) running from 2021 to 2027. Amid these discussions, the European Commission has launched a Public Consultation on “EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market: an occasion to feed into its proposal for the next generation of funding programmes that the MediaRoad consortium did not miss!

Indeed, the European media sector has a vast creative potential for innovative services and it has a strong tradition in investing in R&D. However, this capacity is increasingly dwarfed by powerful global players and the sector is lacking an adequate support scheme that is able to fully capitalize on its strength. While separate programmes exist to support and strengthen technological innovation and creative content production, there is no programme combining these two

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MediaRoad @Radiodays Europe

Radiodays Europe is a pan-European radio conference created by European public and private radio broadcasters, primarily aimed at management, middle-management and programme developers. This year’s edition of the biggest European radio event of its kind took place in Vienna from 18-20 March 2018 and gathered 1600+ radio leaders from 60+ countries.

The Association of European Radios (AER) has organized a Sunday Special Focus Workshop during RadioDays that focused on “Post-convergence radio – Hybrid radio technical view and how to build (on) it”. This event, organized in the framework of the MediaRoad project, aimed at providing participants with a perspective on the hybrid radio – its application and complementary approaches. Participants got an opportunity to learn about the three on-going Horizon 2020-funded projects: HRadio, Marconi, and MediaRoad. Moreover, they learned about the ways VRT’s Sandbox supports innovation in the radio environment, and how Radioplayer helps radios to embrace the web.

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Take part in Stakeholder Consultation!

MediaRoad has launched Stakeholder Consultation to collect ideas and views from the media sector stakeholders on the future European Research & Innovation Agenda for media sector (with a focus on audio-visual and radio). The collected input will serve as a basis for the development of a common vision for media innovation in Europe that will be included in the first MediaRoad Vision Document.

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Are you part of the media industry and in particular of the audio-visual or radio sector?
Are you concerned about its developments and do you want to ensure a bright and innovative future for the sector?

Share your ideas and views on how the future European Research & Innovation Agenda for media should look like and contribute to the creation of a joint vision for media innovation!

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First MediaRoad conference looks at media innovation

The first thematic MediaRoad event was organized on 2 March 2018 in Geneva as part of the EBU Big Data Week. The conference focused on how the media sector could take advantage of the latest innovations. The conference was organized by the EPFL, a major European research institution, with the full support of the MediaRoad project, a Horizon 2020-funded initiative to create a European media ecosystem for innovation.

The “Media Innovation in the age of AI, social media and fake news” conference gathered representatives of academia, research, broadcasters, and business who looked at the use of data and artificial intelligence for media content,

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MediaRoad answers European Commission Public Consultation on Fake News and Online Disinformation

Words by Luciano Morganti and Heritiana Ranaivoson

On 23 February, the MediaRoad consortium contributed to the Public Consultation on Fake News and Online Disinformation launched by the European Commission. The MediaRoad’s joint position builds upon different point of views of its diverse members representing European media organisation, researchers, creative and cultural industries and technology experts and entrepreneurs who have highlighted the role of quality journalism and trusted content to counteract disinformation and information disorder.

The consultation mainly aimed at:

  1. gathering ideas and insights about the definition of fake information and their online dissemination
  2. assessing measures already taken by platforms, news media companies, and civil society organisations to counter the spread of fake information online
  3. scoping for future actions to strengthen quality information and prevent the spread of disinformation online.

Read more to see the key points raised by the MediaRoad consortium in its response to the consultation.

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