Seven West Media team wins Editors Lab World Championship journalism hackathon in Portugal

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Seven West Media's WA newsroom has been recognised internationally for the development of an innovative sports reporting tool, winning the 2018 Editors Lab World Championship in a three-day hackathon in Portugal. 

From May 29 to June 1, the SWM team of Peter Law, Jake Ginnivan (pictured) and Brendan Underwood represented Australia at the Global Editors Network Summit in Lisbon. They pitched their translation tool, Sports Mate, to a room of more than 800 delegates, beating teams from around the world, including Japan, Spain, Brazil and South Korea.

Sports Mate is a journalism tool designed to break down the language barrier of sport reporting, making it more accessible to a wider audience. 
Each sport has its own language, including technical words and jargon that can be difficult to understand unless you are a regular follower. The SWM team created Sports Mate, which gives readers the ability to click a link on a word or phrase to receive a brief explanation about what it means. 

Australia's Big Bash League was used for a prototype of the tool, which enhances coverage while not requiring journalists to change the way they write about sport. 

The SWM WA newsroom won the Walkleys Hackathon earlier this year against other mainstream media companies, winning the right to represent Australia at the Global Editors Network Summit. 

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