by Lucas Leyva
Winners: Felipe Heusser and Jeff Warren
Summary: Livestreaming breaking news has proven its potential - but hasn’t yet reached it. Peepol.tv aims to change that by creating a streamlined platform for posting, finding and watching livestreams from around the world. The Peepol.tv team will build a searchable map, aggregate streams from other sources, create topic curation and add features like music and social media interaction. The idea grew from a mini-media innovation challenge at last year’s MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference.
Winners: Adriano Farano and Jonathan Lundell of UXNOVO
Twitter: @watchup @farano
Summary: Available starting today in the iTunes store, Watchup is an iPad application that will help people find high-quality news videos. While identifying relevant content is often time-consuming, Watchup speeds the process with a curated playlist that aggregates news reports from a variety of networks into a simple interface. The service plans to sustain itself by selling video advertising on the site. Media organizations, which will have a branded presence on Watchup, will ultimately receive a share of the revenues.
Project: Tor Project
Winner: Andrew Lewman and Karen Reilly of Tor
Summary: With world press freedom in decline for the past decade, journalists and their sources are often threatened by governments, criminal organizations and others who monitor their mobile and online communication to see who is talking to the press. To help protect reporters and their sources, the Tor Project will use its vast network of volunteers to create a toolkit for journalists. The kit will include Tor Project’s existing secure web browser and anonymous upload utility, along new tools and training videos.
Winners: Mohamed Nanabhay and Haroon Meer
Twitter: @mohamed @haroonmeer
With newsrooms stretched for resources, editors have to increasingly make difficult decisions about which stories get covered and promoted. Signalnoi.se
aims to help, by tracking social engagement with the news - scanning social network activity to provide real-time information on what’s resonating with readers. Editors are able to track their own - and competitors’ - stories. Signalnoi.se will sort not just headlines but news topics – to spot trends and spikes in interest. Mohamed Nanabhay, former Head of Online at Al Jazeera English, saw the potential for providing richer editorial analytics to newsrooms while leading his organizations’ award-winning coverage of the Arab Spring. He co-foundedSignalnoi.se with Haroon Meer to extract the signal from the noise and close the loop between what audiences are interested in and what editors focus resources on.