Seven West Media WA team wins national hackathon for journalism innovation and will represent Australia at world summit in Portugal

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A team from Seven West Media WA has won a national competition in journalism innovation run by the Global Editors Network and the Walkley Foundation.
The SWM team of Peter Law, Jake Ginnivan (pictured) and Patima Tantiprasut will now represent Australia at the Editors Lab Final at the GEN Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, competing against media from 11 countries.
The trio competed against teams which included the ABC, Fairfax, The Guardian, News Corporation, The New Zealand Herald, Storyful and The Conversation.

The 'hackathon' event, at Google's headquarters in Sydney, challenged three-member teams of journalists, developers and designers to build an innovative news product within 48 hours on the theme of "connecting with local communities". Judges selected SWM's Newsroom Hotline, a voice-to-text messaging service to connect West Australians to the news desk, as the winner.
Law, Head of News at The Sunday Times, said it had become too difficult for people who are not tech-savy or have no media experience to get in touch with journalists.
"Newsrooms are busy, complex places and sometimes their call doesn't reach the right person quickly enough. We want to make it easier for everyone to communicate with us," Law said.
Newsroom Hotline is a telephone number anyone can call to leave a recorded message that is transcribed to text to be read immediately by news editors and reporters. A working prototype was created by the team in less than two days.
"We are fortunate at SWM to have talented people with a wide variety of skills working alongside each other," Law said.
This is the second win in three years for teams from Seven West Media WA.
The Sunday Times Editor Michael Beach said the result was further recognition of the talent within SWM's Perth newsroom which includes The West Australian, PerthNow, 7 News and Today Tonight as well as The Sunday Times.
"We've always said our people are as good anyone in Australia and the rest of the world," Beach said. "What they produced is a simple but really innovative product."

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