How can I use INJECT?
The INJECT Inspiration Tool is now available as a beta-version. Contact us for a Demo and access to the toolkit.
You will be able to discover INJECT and its various features to get new story ideas and better background. INJECT now searches through 4.5 million news articles and 40,000 digital cartoons in over 300 news sources in 5 languages: English, German, Norwegian, Dutch and French.
INJECT can also be customised according to your newsroom’s needs. Do you wish to add your own archives? Search through specific sources that your journalists use regularly?
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How does INJECT make me ‘more creative’?
It doesn’t. The INJECT Inspiration Tool supports creativity. The tool makes it easier to find new story ideas and angles by presenting you articles, individuals and cartoons associated with your topic, but also by offering you various options to explore concepts, visuals and data in a novel way.
Rather than presenting you with groundbreaking ideas, it gives you many different perspectives on your search topic in a short amount of time. This is expected to trigger new ideas more easily. Users say it takes them as little as 3 minutes to find an angle with INJECT.
How easy is it to use INJECT?
Working with journalists to develop INJECT, we learned that it is crucial that the tool is part of their workflow and easy to access.
The INJECT Inspiration Tool runs on GoogleDocs, in WordPress as a TinyMCE plugin, integrated in Adobe InCopy, and as a responsive web application. You can use INJECT on your computer, tablet or mobile phone – integrated into your CMS or as a sidebar to your text editor. This allows you to search in INJECT while you’re writing, without the need to switch between different screens.
When is INJECT available?
The INJECT Inspiration Tool is now available as a beta-version, but there is still a lot to be done. We are currently further developing the core features in close collaboration with journalists across Europe, who have agreed to test INJECT in their work and share their feedback and ideas about the tool with us.
To develop the tool further, all feedback is much appreciated: suggestions, things you do not understand or things you like about INJECT.
Contact us for a Demo and access to the tool.
How does INJECT work?
The INJECT Inspiration Tool uses creative news search algorithms based on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning. It searches selected databases for articles, individuals, concepts and visuals associated with your search query to deliver new angles, sources and data.
For every search strategy, INJECT uses a different set of criteria to select the results it presents to you. When using the Individuals search strategy, INJECT looks for individuals that have a Wikipedia entry and articles that mention them. When using the Causal search strategy, INJECT looks for articles longer than 500 words containing words that imply causality. When using the Backing and Evidence search strategy, INJECT looks for quantifiable information in the articles it presents.
Discovering and examining information sources takes time – time that journalists increasingly lack as news and media organizations are squeezed by reducing circulations, revenues and staff numbers. As a consequence, many journalists use subsets of available and familiar information sources to create stories in the limited time available.
The high demands of daily production mean that many journalists struggle to use their creative capabilities to their full potential. The INJECT Inspiration Tool makes it easier to find new story ideas and angles by offering various options to explore articles, visuals and data in a novel way.
Where did INJECT start?
The INJECT Inspiration Tool incorporates the ‘Juice’ project started in 2016 at City, University of London, as a collaboration between the Human-Computer Interaction group 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 with 14 organisations across 6 European countries in January 2017.
What will happen after the project ends?
The INJECT Team is working with partners in various EU countries to set up structures that should allow INJECT to be developed further after the project ends in July 2018.
These local structures will maintain contact with the INJECT social enterprise, that is in the process of being created.