News Labs to Host Transcription #newsHACK

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News Labs and BBC Connected Studio are holding a collaborative #newsHACK challenge in January to explore the use and development of machine-assisted transcription tools.

The Challenge

Machine-assisted transcription is of huge benefit for delivering news, not only to UK audiences but to emerging markets and areas with low data coverage and/or high data costs. We’re looking for prototypes that focus on either audience-facing formats or journalistic efficiency.

A few examples to get you thinking:

  • Tools for editing video and/or audio from text transcription
  • Tools that generate automatic subtitles
  • Tools that are useful to mobile audiences

While there is a competitive element, the main purpose of the event is networking and collaborating with people working in this field.

For more information, please contact us at newslabs@bbc.co.uk.


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