Futures Lab #195: A Homepage Designed by Algorithm

The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet developed an algorithm guided partially by editors and partially by reader preferences that delivers a personalized homepage for each website visitor. Editor in chief Fredric Karén credits the technology with a significant boost in online traffic and digital subscriptions. Reporting by Lily Oppenheimer, Rachel Wise and Jessica King.
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RJI Futures Lab #194: Immersive Video Conversations With Portals

Portals take video conferencing to the next level. The project combines new technology with a set of gold-painted shipping containers to enable people across the globe to converse as if they were side by side. Amar Bakshi, a former journalist who created the project, explains how it could expand upon traditional coverage of global news and events. Reporting by Sarah Sabatke.

Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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Futures Lab #193: Searching Within Video Files via LivingLens

LivingLens offers an artificial intelligence-driven technology that can enable clients to search for specific emotions or sentiments within video files. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Carl Wong tells us how it works. Reporting by Sarah Sabatke, Rachel Wise and Jessica King.

Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update. RJI Futures Lab web bannerThe Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad app to watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new episode.
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Futures Lab #192: Audio Sharing via SoundBYTE

SoundBYTE is a social app that allows users to record and share audio with followers around the world, 14 seconds at a time. We find out how it works from Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Dan Kearns. Reporting by Kexin Sun, Rachel Wise and Jessica King.

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Futures Lab Update #155: Capturing 3-D, 180-Degree Virtual Reality

This story first appeared on RJI’s Futures Lab. Reporting by Mitchel Summers and Rachel Wise. This week we look at a new tool called LucidCam, a camera that shoots 3-D, 180-degree virtual reality. The consumer-level camera is about the size of an iPhone 5 and captures high-resolution video and photos. CEO and co-founder Han Jin says LucidCam stands out from other VR cameras because most record in 2D, 360 degrees. Jin explains why this might be a better option for journalists. For more information:

Futures Lab Update #154: Hearken’s New Tool Gives Audiences Access to the Reporting Process

This story first appeared on RJI’s Futures LabReporting by Haley Reed, Reuben Stern and Blair Ussary.

A New Tool From Hearken

A startup called Hearken is developing a tool called the interactive reporter’s notebook, which aims to give audiences access to information that is often lost during the reporting process. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Brandel says enabling reporters to share what they find out along the way might help foster better audience engagement. Hearken is a startup that grew out of a local engagement experiment called Curious City at WBEZ in Chicago. Its mission is to help newsrooms get the public involved in determining which stories to cover. For more information:

Futures Lab Update #153: Better Community Engagement with Software from The Coral Project

This story first appeared on RJI’s Futures LabReporting by Mitchel Summers, Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise and Blair Ussary. The Coral Project, a partnership among The Washington Post, The New York Times and Mozilla, is developing open-source software to help newsrooms make better use of comment sections. Greg Barber, head of strategy and partnerships at The Coral Project, says the three tools they’re building encourage more meaningful contributions and a stronger online community. For more information: