Dispatches app shortlisted by One World Media

 

A few months ago, the Dispatches second screen app made it to the final of the British Journalism Awards.

The Guardian’s Reading the Riots project won the Innovation of the Year award that time around, but news reaches us that the second screen app has been shortlisted for a digital media award at the One World Media awards 2013.

A Screachy Christmas Story

It’s closing in on Christmas. You know what that means.

Tinsel. Presents. The same eight songs again and again. Festive drinks and nuclear hangovers. And, of course, that special moment when companies get all wistful and start reminiscing about all they’ve done in the last 12 months.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

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What we learned about second screen from a national TV pilot

People say second screen is an awesome opportunity. Some even say it’s the future. But there’s no handbook out there on how to do it right.

This year, we developed a second-screen app for popular documentary show Dispatches as part of a 26-episode pilot with Channel 4 and production company Standing Stone. It was an interesting experience, and was even nominated for a British  Journalism Award.

Here are a few of the things we learned from the experience.

A day at AdMonsters Screens

It’s always good to try and do something a little different on a Monday morning, so we kicked off our week with a trip to London for the AdMonsters Screens conference.

The nice folk at AdMonsters invited us to put together a panel during their morning session. Screach founder Paul Rawlings joined Mike Hemmings of Amscreen and Rob Edwards of Bauer Media to discuss interesting ways to use screens to engage with consumers.

You are here: Why “Social, Local, Mobile” rocks

 

They call it “social, local, mobile” (or SoLoMo if they’re really trying to annoy you).

It’s an important concept that technology companies and brands should be thinking about, and if you’re not doing it, you’ll be left behind.

Hang on…

This sounds like high school all over again. And, y’know what, the world didn’t end because I didn’t wear skinny jeans or a pork pie hat when it was fashionable.

Screach and the Space Invasion

We were out at a gig this weekend, and because we’re so dedicated, we took our work with us.

Screach’s second screen platform was put through its paces at Space Invasion, a creative show at The Sage Gateshead that was run by Generator and Northern Film + Media as part of Arts Council England and BBC’s initiative, The Space. Over 400 people bounced into The Sage’s Hall Two to listen to acts including Ghostpoet, DVJ Raj Pannu and Lulu James.

With all those lovely folk on stage, it’s worth bringing up a question that all second screen experience makers should ask themselves before they start shoving things onto people’s smartphones…

Why do people need to be looking at their phones with all this cool stuff going on?