Each week our very own Stephen Autar tracks the tech and journalism conversations on Twitter as he runs the @KnightLab handle. He offers a recap of the most intriguing and important stories each Friday.
If you’ve been paying attention on Twitter this week, you know there was a lot to talk about.
It wasn't journalism, but on Monday the Burger King Twitter account was hacked and “defaced,” according to CNET. The hacked tweets said the company had been sold to rival fast food chain McDonald’s. The account’s name was changed to McDonald’s and the account’s photo to the McDonald’s logo. On Tuesday, it was a repeat event when the Jeep Twitter account was hacked and tweets said Cadillac had bought the company.
The New York Times seemed to be more of a topic of interest than usual lately, and on Wednesday we got legitimate reason to talk about the Times when it was announced the New York Times Company was putting the Boston Globe up for sale. Could this be part of the “new strategy for the company” coming in the spring that CEO Mark Thompson coyly mentioned earlier this month?
The one thing I’ve been waiting for to happen finally did: the Yahoo redesign premiered to the world on Wednesday morning. It seems, however, my excitement about the project greatly over-exceeded what it should have been. The new design is far less unsightly and clunky but also very underwhelming. It looks a lot like the Microsoft 8 aesthetic, which isn’t awful but certainly not my favorite. Mathew Ingram of GigaOM adequately summed up why it just didn’t work like it desperately wanted to.
Something that really frustrates me is that, while I’m excited about the potential AR has for storytelling, I don’t feel like I have really great AR experiences that I can point people to. We know that AR is great for taking a selfie with a Pikachu and it’s pretty good at measuring spaces (as long as your room is really well lit and your phone is fully charged) but beyond that, we’re really still figuring...
When building experiences in virtual reality we’re confronted with the challenge of mimicking how sounds hit us in the real world from all directions. One useful tool for us to attempt this mimicry is called a soundfield microphone. We tested one of these microphones to explore how audio plays into building immersive experiences for virtual reality. Approaching ambisonics with the soundfield microphone has become popular in development for VR particularly for 360 videos. With it,...
Our Knight Lab team spent three months in Winter 2018 exploring how to combine various technologies to capture, interpret, and fact check live broadcasts from television news stations, using Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant device as a low-friction way to initiate the process. The ultimate goal was to build an Alexa skill that could be its own form of live, automated fact-checking: cross-referencing a statement from a politician or otherwise newsworthy figure against previously fact-checked statements......
Are you interested in working with journalism and computer science students to build innovative media tools, products and apps? Would you like to teach the next generation of media innovators? Do you have a track record building technologies for journalists, publishers, storytellers or media consumers? Northwestern University is recruiting for an assistant or associate professor for computer science AND journalism, who will share an appointment in the Medill School of Journalism and the McCormick School...
StorylineJS makes it easy to tell the story behind a dataset, without the need for programming or data visualization expertise. Just upload your data to Google Sheets, add two columns, and fill in the story on the rows you want to highlight. Set a few configuration options and you have an annotated chart, ready to embed on your website. (And did we mention, it looks great on phones?) As with all of our tools, simplicity...
An exciting lineup of researchers, technologists and journalists will convene in October for Computation + Journalism Symposium 2017 at Northwestern University. Register now and book your hotel rooms for the event, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14 in Evanston, IL. Hotel room blocks near campus are filling up fast! Speakers will include: Ashwin Ram, who heads research and development for Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence (AI) agent, which powers the...