How BBC #newsHACK is driving innovation in news delivery

bbc newshack

#newsHACK is a series of events organised to encourage journalists and developers to work together and build solutions to challenges within the industry.

Hosted by BBC News Labs and Connected Studio, these events conjure up new ideas and concepts based around the delivery of online news as part of a short competition.

Participants of the #newsHACK events, which are held in different places around the world including London, Nairobi and Cape Town, are set a brief and given two days to develop ideas.

Teams then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, who decide which are worthy of winning.

In this week's podcast, we hear from:


What makes a good audio story?

Pat Walters of Radiolab and Gimlet Media shares his journey from print storytelling to radio


The UGC hub at the BBC builds trust with readers by involving them in the reporting

The team has been using a tool called Hearken to enable audiences to ask questions about the stories or topics that interest them

Al Jazeera's latest virtual reality project immerses viewers with animated art

Oil in Our Creeks, the latest full-length virtual reality documentary from Contrast VR, details how the community in Bodo City, Nigeria, was impacted after an oil pipeline burst in 2008

Posted by Caroline Scott on 12/10/17

Quartz turns 5: Kevin Delaney, editor-in-chief, shares priorities for development

With new editions, video series and even a book launch, Quartz is expanding its storytelling

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 04/10/17

How the Coalition for Women in Journalism fosters collaboration and mentorship between female reporters

The organisation offers mentorship to female journalists taking on assignments in new countries, or working in a particular beat

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 26/09/17

Why The Daily Mail employs an esports journalist, the first full-time role of its kind

Jack Stewart, reporter at the publisher, explains what his job entails, and why coverage of the sport is so crucial

Posted by Caroline Scott on 19/09/17

Look around you: How the Guardian experiments with virtual reality to tell stories in new, immersive ways

The publisher has used video, animation and computer-generated imagery to produce multiple VR projects since April 2016

Posted by Caroline Scott on 13/09/17

NewsNow started a petition against the proposed publisher's right in EU copyright law

This podcast takes a look at the proposed changes and NewsNow's concerns

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 05/09/17

'Sound is the totem': Inside the podcast musical 36 Questions

36 Questions, produced by podcast studio Two-Up, uses song and lyrics to tell the story of a married couple

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 30/08/17

From pub basement to the News Building: The free London meetup helping journalists learn to code

Journocoders meets once a month to enable journalists and technologists to learn from each other

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 15/08/17

How Pop-Up Newsroom uses collaboration to drive innovation forward

The aim is to 'nurture newsroom innovation across technology, editorial and sustainability' through collaboration across organisations and disciplines

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 08/08/17

Why political journalism is in need of new approaches and innovation

Speakers at our latest newsrewired conference discuss the state of election reporting and political journalism

Posted by Caroline Scott on 01/08/17

Why data journalism is a civic duty in developing countries

Data and investigative journalist Eva Constantaras explains how she builds data journalism teams in developing countries like India and Kenya

Posted by Caroline Scott on 18/07/17

Explain and connect: Insights into the BBC World Service expansion

BBC World Service is adding 12 new languages teams and undertaking a digital refresh

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 12/07/17

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