One of the most exciting aspects of CitizenJ is the Experiments Fund, a pool of $30,000 that helps bring new journalism projects to life.
The Experiments Fund is now complete. Recipients included:
Ben Robertson and team – Experimenting with the AR Drone as an aerial image asset capture device
Ben Robertson experimented with modifications and software plugins for an AR Drone in order to test its usefulness to journalists. He discovered that while the AR Drone is easy to operate it’s not ideal for professional capture of footage due to its limited load capabilities and light weight; that a Go Pro camera, widely used in the broadcast industry, would be ideal to pair with an aerial device, however the AR Drone will not support its weight; and that further experimentation is required.
Ricky Robinson and team – The Tech Street Journal
Ricky Robinson, William Billingsley, Clinton Freeman, Colin Kinner, Karen Henricksen and Skye Doherty are developing an online publication for the Queensland technology industry and community, created and managed by people who work in the technology industry.
You can visit The Tech Street Journal at http://tsj.io/.
Dr Heather Anderson – Researching CitizenJ
Researcher Dr Heather Anderson undertook a research project examining the motivations and experiences of CitizenJ participants and facilitators. She found that respondents ‘were overwhelmingly positive in their reaction to the CitizenJ program’, and that half had no formal journalism training.
You can download her full report here. CitizenJ Final Report Anderson June 2013
Dr Greg Hooper and team – Developing a user-friendly interface for a data visualisation engine
Dr Greg Hooper, Ryan Stuart, Kris Rogers and Greg Davis are developing a scalable tool that will enable journalists (professional or citizen) to explore, visualise and analyse real life social network data. Mesh, a web-based configurable interface for Gephi, a freely available open-source software tool for network analysis is available at https://github.com/CJTeam/mesh.
Jacqueline Ning – Making important information entertaining through collaborative audio-visual stories
Jacqueline Ning is exploring how to engage the public in the development of an informative audio-visual document (animation and/or video).
She has created a group on Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/groups/mediadoco where interested people can become involved in the project. For more information or to get involved, you can also visit Jacqui’s website www.collaborativeav.com.