Before you start

First things first: INJECT is not a search engine. It’s an idea generator, a suggestion machine, an inspiration tool that offers you a variety of perspectives on your topic of interest. It will help you find new angles, concepts or individuals related to your topic, that you can use to tell your story in a different way.

Step 1: Open the INJECT app

Use the INJECT standalone web application by opening up the URL or download the Google Docs add-on.

In Google Docs, click on add-ons, then Inject app, then Start for the INJECT tool to appear in the sidebar.

Step 2: Explore news-related content

Decide on the topic you want to explore creatively. Either a topic you’re working on, or try ‘food security’, ‘jemen crisis’ or ‘air pollution’ for example.

Add the keyterms you’re interested in into the search bar. Add up to 5 terms each time to make it most effective.

You can explore the news-related content in INJECT with 4 different search strategies that each offer you a different set of results for creative input:

Backing and Evidence – looks for articles with quantitative evidence (e.g. numbers and measures);

Individuals – gives you different people associated with your search topic;

Causal – explores longer, explainer-style news articles that describe background, causes and impact;

Quirky – show you cartoons that look at your topic from a different perspective.

Click on a search strategy to discover the keywords in a novel way. INJECT filters the results it shows according to different criteria, depending on the strategy chosen.

Or discover trending topics on Twitter for the location you’re interested in.

Step 3: Get new ideas

The newscards offer a variety of features to trigger new ideas:

Related concepts appear under the story in coloured boxes;

Creative sparks appear when you hover over the results and the concepts with your mouse. These sparks are based on interviews with experienced journalists;

A brief explanation of the concept appears when you click on it. These are so-called Explaain fact cards.

Related concepts are people, places, organisations and things connected to the content of the article:

Green – Person

Brown – Place

Blue – Organisation

Red – Thing

Click on the three dots menu in the top-right corner of the newscard to:

Open the article – Read the original article in a new tab. You can also get here by clicking on the story.

Copy the reference – One-click citation option. Copy the reference of the source to your clipboard to save it and build on it later.

Show creative sparks – View the creative sparks together with the associated concepts in one place.

Refresh creative sparks – Request more creative sparks for a story and get 10 more concepts each time with the click of a button.

Show a word cloud – Simple graphical representation of word frequency in a story

Search in Google – Discover new angles for your story with INJECT, then deep search with Google

Step 4: Filter searches and try again

Not happy with the results you got? Try changing the search settings at the top:


Time period – What time period should the results cover?

Language – INJECT is currently fully functional in English, Dutch, German, and Norwegian. Explore sources in these different languages.

Sorted by relevance, time or randomly – The default option is random. You can also sort the results by time or relevance

Public and/or private news sources – Public is the only option for the open-access tool. Archives can be added for INJECT clients; archives can be crawled and added to make them smarter, more easily searchable.

Relaxed or strict search – With relaxed, the results go a little bit further away from your search topic, which could lead to new ideas.

Step 5: Options and assistance

In the bar at the bottom of the tool you find options, a feedback feature and login. 

Additional resources

See how Jasmijn and Sindre used INJECT to develop their stories.

10 Tips and Tricks to make the most out of INJECT.

Questions? Send us an e-mail!