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Journalism tool INJECT will launch at Cass Innovate conference

INJECT is a digital toolkit designed to enhance journalistic creativity and improve workflows in busy newsrooms

by Kyla Jardine (Senior Communications Officer)

INJECT was made for busy journalists who are increasingly under pressure to deliver more content with less resources.

Using powerful algorithms to unveil relevant and useful information hidden in archives, INJECT helps journalists to find new angles for stories, and to investigate further and deeper into the background of the stories they are working on.

It enables reporters to select, verify and account for their facts, as well as, to make creative search techniques and explanatory background fast and easy to use for enriched reporting.

INJECT will officially launch at the Cass Innovate conference, 4th May 2017.

How INJECT works?

INJECT uses creativity techniques based on Natural Language Processing (NLP). Reporters can use the tool to research widely and quickly via various databases. This provides journalists with broader online queries beyond conventional search engines. This also enables more efficient workflows within the user’s news outlets.

The software will be built directly into content management systems and will also include functionality that brings articles to life with interactive fact cards. INJECT also scans texts for keywords and automatically links them to additional information.

George Brock, Professor of Journalism, said, "INJECT aims to do something which no other software for journalism attempts: to combine creative search techniques and ways of telling the reader more about background and sources. And this help is easy to use and fast."

Neil Maiden, Professor of Digital Creativity, added, “This is the first tool that seeks to integrate productivity and creativity support directly into the digital work of journalists. It builds on successes in other domains to deliver key innovations in journalism.”

Innovation meets function  

The project  incorporates the Google-funded JUICE project that began in 2016 at City, University of London, as a collaboration between the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at the Cass Business School and the Journalism Department.

Broader research into new tools for journalists won an EU Horizon 2020 grant of €1m, and the INJECT project started its work in January 2017.

The consortium formed to improve competitiveness of the European media through increased journalist creativity and productivity brings together 14 newspapers, universities, journalist networks, web companies, journalist trainers and organizations from across six European countries.

For more information about the project visit: http://www.injectproject.eu

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