NewsDrop: #newsHack

NewsDrop Physical Installation

#NewsHack is a BBC Connected Studios hack day where digital tinkerers and open data advocates are invited to create hacks within 24 hours. Open Lab’s team consisted of Andrew Garbett, Tom Bartindale, Sebastian Mellor, Jan Kučera who hacked away using BBC, TheyWorkForYou, Yahoo! and Twitter API’s to create NewsDrop (


National news coverage of Parliamentary debate is inherently non-local specific content and often communities are affected by these issues and are left without an outlet to discuss these issues. We envisage NewsDrop as a way in which communities can become more aware of this discussion through supporting local community journalists in aggregating and disseminating local news about Parliamentary debates.


NewsDrop is a toolkit for supporting community journalism of parliamentary debates using a physical installation that displays a live news paper, authored by community journalists through an online news production tool. The production tool aggregates related news, BBC programmes using iPlayer and twitter. The physical installation also allows citizen journalists to conduct surveys from the community readers of the live newspaper.

The Open Lab team were awarded “Best University Hack” for their NewsDrop Submission.



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