DNI Funded Projects

The DNI Innovation Fund has awarded more than €70m to more than 350 Projects in 29 European countries. Take a closer look at some of the projects from the first two rounds of DNI funding.

DNI Innovation Fund Annual Report 2016-2017 is available

We’ve been observing the progress and milestones of DNI-funded projects over the last 18 months and wanted to share their stories.

Featured Projects

Germany
Verlag Der Tagesspiegel

Tagesspiegel Causa

Tagesspiegel Causa is a website that maps debates. Using innovative software, Tagesspiegel Causa engages its op-ed writers in systematizing the arguments that constitute the debate in which they’re participating.

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Switzerland
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Companion App

NZZ Companion App is an engaging and entertaining ‘digital companion’ with the aim to empower the consumer; providing them with personalized news and services based on usage situation, location, and interest.

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France
Euronews

Telling Stories in 360°

Creating the first fully-integrated 360° workflow in an international media group, euronews will deliver regular VR news content to the global audience for its language services.

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Portugal
Cofina Media

COGNOS – Cognitive Network Of Statistics

Journalists need to be able to present readers will interactive graphic solutions of data journalism – a user friendly way to explore data and build its own analysis through an easy and intuitive interface.

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Poland

News Mavens - Women Choose The News

Our intent is to strengthen women’s voices in times, when populist conservative governments are trying to strong arm women out of public discourse, and when a unified Europe needs women’s perspectives more then ever before.

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Italy
onData

openTender (Round 3)

A more transparent supply chain of public tenders can help journalists to work much better with the help of users and citizens. Using data of the reconstruction process incoming after the Italian earthquakes would be an excellent field to develop our prototype for various important reasons. Our first developing field for prototyping is strictly hyperlocal and this makes us able to involve a specific community of users as well as people involved in the reconstruction process. We want to build a missing bridge between readers, journalists and producers of Italian public data for tenders.

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Germany
Res Publica Verlags

Journalism first (Round 3)

Our platform will enable publishers to become independent from advertising agencies when it comes to the acquisition of advertisement for their paper or digital magazines and newspapers. Today, most publishers have an agency under contract which acquires companies that would like to place advertisements in their publications. The cost of hiring agencies is very high, publishers have little influence on the efficiency of the agency, and due to exclusive contracts have little freedom in acquiring customers using other means. The platform will be an auction-based marketplace where various publishers can offer ad space in their magazines.

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Germany
Heise Medien (Heise Gruppe)

c't Content Shariff (Round 3)

Facebook, Google+ and Twitter supply official sharing code snippets which quietly siphon personal data from all page visitors. If a media outlet embeds a tweet, a Facebook post or other social media content in their website, it exposes visitor data to the social media sites that can track the user behaviour. c't Content Shariff gives the user the choice: It makes the embedded content visible via a proxy that doesn't directly expose the user's data.

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Romania
Hotnews.ro

Newsroom Democracy Radar (Round 3)

The Newsroom Democracy Radar will put representative polling into the hands of every journalist in our newsroom, and open up to journalists across the news ecosystem after initial launch. Editors will be able to ask questions that matter to hundreds of thousands of readers across news properties, and for the first time have the ability to receive detailed, statistically meaningful results in real-time. The project will break filter bubbles, change user engagement and data journalism for the better, tangibly cut newsroom costs, and build up a new way for newsrooms to monetize their audiences in a constructive, non-invasive way.

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Germany
Edenspiekermann AG

POST — Unleash the Power of Post-publishing (Round 3)

Measuring success in Journalism is still a hot topic in times of changing business models. But leaving that topic to the business side ignores the editorial potential of measuring and acting upon readers interacting with journalism. We know from interviewing and working with newsrooms that journalists do not look at dashboards, but would care and contribute to the performance 
of their own story if they knew when to do what. As a result newsrooms often miss out on post-publish opportunities to build new audiences, spin stories further and spread a new mindset inside the newsroom. Through a prototype funded by the Google DNI in 2016, we confirmed the need and willingness of journalists to act upon hints to improve their personal stories.

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United Kingdom
SERELAY

Mobile Content Authentication Platform (Round 3)

An increasing amount of the content we consume in a given news cycle is user generated content. While there are many positive aspects to this, a consistent problem is that 3rd party contributions are much more difficult to verify by traditional journalistic means. Our proposed project presents a technology based alternative – rather than trusting the individual contributor, we should develop the technological means to assess the authenticity of the media.We employ a three-tier verification architecture comprised of non-invasive cryptography, rich sensor metadata analysis and computer vision.

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Spain
eldiario.es

Leave Your Mark (Round 3)

We will try to overcome the ‘era of trolling and noise’ with a variety of innovative interconnected formats that promote the best of digital interaction and diminish traditional effects from the dark side that are damaging digital media and clouding the ideal of the Internet as a democratic enhancer.

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