COLORS #86 Launches at the International Journalism Festival

Making the News

In 2011, news of Osama bin Laden’s assassination was broken by a Pakistani IT consultant’s tweet. The next year, a computer algorithm composed nearly 400,000 articles on Little League baseball for small-town newspapers across the United States. Now, print journalism has been declared America’s fastest-shrinking industry, but across Africa, newspaper circulation has risen by more than 30 percent. 

For Colors #86- Making the News, COLORS went to the backstage of contemporary journalism to explore how world events are selected, shaped and sent to you in time for breakfast. Now we're taking our findings to the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. 

On April 24th in Perugia, COLORS will launch the new issue with a lecture by COLORS editor-in-chief Patrick Waterhouse. He'll be discussing the making of the magazine, "slow journalism" and our favorite insider stories about the contemporary news industry. And until April 28th, you can stop by the festival to get an early copy of #86 - Making the News, and to play with COLORS interactive installation: the News Machine. 

The News Machine

Designed in collaboration with interactive designer Jonathan Chomko, the COLORS News Machine turns your tweets into headlines, but only after they’ve been passed through all the media filters and technological platforms that disseminate and distort the news today.

How it works:

Twitter is the largest and least verifiable wire agency in the world. Tweet your story to @colorsmachine and watch the message change as it echoes through different media and into print.

A megaphone will read your tweet out loud. Its tape recorder listens, converting what it hears into text so that the television can show it onscreen. A camera watching the television converts what it sees into a signal to the radio antenna, which broadcasts the tweet. And the waiting microphone interprets this radio address as text again for printing.

Pick up your receipt. Compare the original tweet with the final report. Accuracy of reproduction varies according to the clarity of your writing and to chance.

Try again.


“Making the News”
Lecture by Patrick Waterhouse
April 24, 2013 | 11:00 – 13:00
Hotel Brufani – Sala Raffaello


The International Journalism Festival
Perugia, Italy
April 24 -28, 2013