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This week we explore three tools that mine electronic Web data to inform news coverage.

PART 1: Vocativ

The news organization Vocativ uses sophisticated online surveillance tools that dive into the “deep Web” to find and surface newsworthy items. Chief Executive Officer Scott Cohen tells us how the combination of intelligence technology, data analysts and reporters leads to stories other organizations might not discover.

Reporting by Allison Prang, Rachel Wise and Reuben Stern.

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According to this in-depth report from Fast Company, “odds are that Vocativ's data-mining approach will be increasingly monitored and emulated by larger news organizations.”

PART 2: Banjo

In addition to a consumer-facing mobile app, Banjo offers an enterprise tool that helps newsrooms identify breaking news by monitoring social media content as it emerges from specific locations. We find out how it works and how it might contribute to live news coverage.

Reporting by Katy Mersmann.

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PART 3: Zapaday

Zapaday aims to help newsrooms plan for future coverage by combing a range of digital sources to compile directories of upcoming events. We learn how the information is gathered and delivered from founder and Chief Executive Officer Stefan Hoevenaar.

Reporting by Katy Mersmann.

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Reuben Stern  
 
Director of NYC Partnerships

Rachel Wise  
 
Video Editor



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