Innovation in News and Democracy in Media Clusters

Sign up

Welsh and Norwegian innovations to improve digital storytelling and preserve the democracy.


16. March.

Time: 12:00 - 13:30


Organized by: Clwstwr and Media City Bergen.

Clwstwr has responded to the dramatic decline in under 35’s engagement with reliable journalism and the resulting informational mix that combines credible and unreliable sources by funding ideas that develop new informational genres with a focus on data and new technologies or platforms that enhance the business model for public interest news.

Media City Bergen work to empower important stories, ensure an informed population, and strengthen democracy. We aim to preserve democracy by driving the development of technology for utilizing user information, improving digital storytelling and digital journalism, and deploying artificial intelligence in the fight against misinformation and fake news. 

From Cardiff, Shirish Kulkarni of Monnow Media will be speaking at the event. Kulikarni has been investigating, creating and testing new and imaginative storytelling techniques with Clwstwr since 2019, resulting in the Seven Building Blocks of Reflective Journalism.

Yvonne Murphy of OmiDaze Productions will also be presenting at the event from Wales. Her year-long politically neutral and non-party political Clwstwr research and development project, The Democracy Box: New Ways to create democratic participation, aims to produce the prototype of an approach to civic engagement which can be developed and replicated across the UK.

From Bergen, we’ll hear from Maria Amelie, co-founder of Factiverse. Factiverse automates the detection of misinformation with cutting-edge AI and NLP. Their patented solution helps journalists and editors to fact-check news and automatically identify fact-check worthy claims, saving time and resources and preventing further spread of misinformation. Factiverse's technology is based on founder Vinay Setty's research from the University of Stavanger, Norway, where he is an Associate Professor in Machine Learning.   

We’ll also learn more about Web64 from founder Olav Hjertåker. Web64 aims to use data to better understand the world. By monitoring what content is published, who is sharing it, and where it is being shared we can provide tools for media companies, political parties, government organizations, and researchers where they gain insights into how the media landscape is changing and what is causing these changes.

The event is free and open for all to attend.