We’re delighted to announce that we will be taking on two Google News Lab fellows from June to August 2016 - and that it is still time to apply!
Feel free to get in touch with us for more information, but in the meantime, here’s our brief:
BBC News Labs is looking for candidates with a mixture of passions; Journalism and Coding, hacking and making. Founded in 2012, BBC News Labs is an innovation incubator charged with driving innovation for BBC News. We are part of Connected Studio - the pan-BBC Innovation Programme.
We started in 2012 with three 2-week “Labs” exploring the opportunities in Linked Data for BBC News. At this time, the Juicer project was started to provide a source of tagged News content to power prototypes. Since 2012 we have grown from 1 person, to about 20 people, from a variety of backgrounds. Our team includes journalists, developers, scientists, developer-journalists and broadcast craft experts from the UK, France, Italy, China, Germany, Russia, Thailand, Uruguay, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
Our M.O. - we work as a multi-discipline incubator, exploring scalable opportunities at the intersection of 1). Journalism, 2). Technology, 3). Data. We work closely with BBC NEWS and BBC R&D, and we collaborate with News organisations, and academic & research institutions globally. See the list of BBC News Labs Projects here
Like all of our new starters, the Google Fellows would start with a “dip” into a variety of projects, to assess their passion and interest in our spread of project spaces. We have a particular need in our “Structured Journalism” project for some innovative thinking around new approaches to curation and storytelling in News, we are also investing a lot in multilingual journalism, so that is also a hot space.
The deadline for applications is 15 January 2016, so don’t forget to put your name in!
Other partner organisations include the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, the Financial Times, Trinity Mirror, Full Fact, the Telegraph, and the Guardian.