Noted - Slack, Messenger and AI Storytelling

Every two weeks, News Labbers come together for a “Family Day” to share project updates and other notes from their work. We don’t bring our relatives, but we do invite the wider family of people who are interested in driving innovation in News, rather tnan keeping it exclusively for News Labbers. During the 90 minutes we share what we have been doing for the past fortnight — whether it’s progress on a prototype, reflections from a recent conference or hackathon, or a day shadowing reporters in New Broadcasting House. We also collect news around journalism, technology and innovation to share with the team.

BBC Developers Win IBM Watson Bot Hack

The IBM Watson UK Hack challenged developers to build a bot that disrupts digital business. News Labs developers combined artificial intelligence and natural language processing to win the competition with wingBot — the Facebook Messenger automaton that’s smarter than your run-of-the-mill wingman.

My summer as a Google Fellow at the BBC

The Google News Labs Fellowship programme places students interested in journalism and technology at releavent news organisations across the UK. Fellow Liam Bolton, who is going into his final year at Leeds University, shares what he learned working with the Visual Journalism and BBC News Labs teams this summer.