BBC News Labs

BBC News Labs is the Innovation Programme charged with Driving Innovation for BBC News. BBC News Labs is partners with Connected Studio.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with this team since we started it in 2012. It’s R&D prototyping, connected with the BBC NEWS production operation.

BBC News Labs - Asynchronous Workshop - Autumn 2014

Education Domain “Autumn Asynchronous Workshop”

A new opportunity has arisen, and the BBC News Labs Team decided to look into it. The question posed was “How might we contextualise the Education Curriculum with News and Current Affairs?”

#newsHACK II

#newsHACK II – Dublin & Glasgow, May 2014

In a frantic year of News Labs’ activity & growth, I have neglected to cover off the great #newsHACK 2 event we held on May 1st & 2nd this year – about 8 weeks ago!

#newsHACK 2 team in Dublin

#newsHACK 2 “Dublin Branch” – Team & Photos

Great event in Dublin & Glasgow – will add more soon. – see #newsHACK hashtag for updates, and #newsHACK website.

The Newsroom of Things for ISKO UK – Taming the News Beast

Jeremy Tarling and I both gave talks yesterday at ISKO UK’s Taming the News Beast. Jeremy went into some detail about the News Storyline Ontology, and I talked about how BBC News Labs were planning to tame the news beast in terms of auto-tagging the Journalism data we store – text, images and AV – “The … Continue reading The Newsroom of Things for ISKO UK – Taming the News Beast

#newsHACK Logo

#newsHACK II Announced – Partnered with #EditorsLab

See this post announcing #newsHACK II – a co-production with Global Editors Network. The event will take place in 2 venues – Glasgow and Dublin. Universities and News Organisations can sign up for #newsHACK II here.

Takanobu from NHK at BBC NEWS LABS

Japan’s Public Broadcaster NHK visits BBC NEWS LABS

I had the pleasure of hosting Takanobu from NHK, Japan’s public service broadcaster, yesterday at the central lab. Takanobu joined us for our fortnightly team catch up, and ran a interview with me too. NHK are also thinking about building their innovation work, and so are looking at the possible models for this.

Titanic Slipway, Belfast

BBC News Archive prototyping event in Belfast

We just finished a great event with the Connected Studio in Belfast: The News Archive Build Studio. Following on from the Creative Studio events in London and Belfast, and the earlier briefings in London and Belfast, this event saw 8 teams create 8 prototypes, all of which will go into audience testing.