A new report by WAN-IFRA investigates the state-of-the-art of media labs.

Researchers Ana Cecília B. Nunes (PUCRS/UBI) and John Mills (UCLan), in partnership with WAN-IFRA’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation, map out and identify trends for media labs in 29 countries.

iNOVA Media Lab was one of the 123 active labs identified in the research and participated in the study with an interview and survey. The report brings concepts about trends in newsrooms and what media labs actually are and how they are figuring in this scenario. It also shows results about products and practices, considering challenges and success factors verified in the research. One of the crucial outcomes confirms that labs are very diverse in their objectives and structures, but mostly functioning as incubators in new business areas and technologies. Some of them, such as iNOVA Media Lab, has the aim to straighten relations between research and practice.

The publication soon will be available on the Media Labs edition, the third report of the series Trends in Newsrooms 2019. The research is based on four years of investigation on Media Labs conducted by a range of partners. The investigation was produced by a core research team from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

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