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Dina with new Spaces concept

Dina rundown and newsroom system is taking another leap forward with its brand new Spaces concept. 

Dina Spaces will be a comprehensive planning solution built into the NRCS itself. The idea is to eliminate the need for third-party software and enable the entire newsroom to perform day-to-day planning as well as the planning of future events and complex TV productions.

The first iteration of Dina Spaces will be revealed at NAB 2023. Book a demo here.

Any given day in the newsroom starts with planning. As reporters, producers, editors, and directors sit down in the first meeting of the day, they will pull up some kind of note-solution to report what’s being worked on. Handovers are often oral and analog, and workflows are typically scattered across drives, docs, and emails. 

Planning in a newsroom is constant. There’s a need for short-term and longer-term planning.  And, of course, preparing for a significant sports event is different than the daily News at Nine-show. Typically a news organization will use different kinds of planning software for either.

Enter Dina Spaces.

- Spaces´ primary driving force development principle is to build a space where users can organize themselves however they want. The goal is to make it easy by leveraging modern technology such as AI and powerful integrations, says Dina’s chief technical officer Andreas Teigland Whiteley.

API and integration will be a primary focus of Spaces and is considered one of the most important parts of ensuring Spaces will support a wide variety of workflows. Automation does not always need to come from DiNA itself; some of the best automation and wow features could come from powerful integrations using well-defined APIs. This will allow organizations to control the content of Spaces via API, or react to content produced & managed within Spaces, to kick off workflows on the side.


Story-centric approach

Dina can be used as a story-centric newsroom system, meaning that one can organize the workflow around a story rather than the platform it will be published on. A story in Dina is different from a  typical story in most NRCS systems; it’s more than that. It can evolve and be published on more than one platform. Linear would be the traditional output, but with the rise of the digital era, stories inside NRCS need to adapt to this landscape.

- This is why we in Dina created Stories as more than just a line in a rundown with a script. A story can contain notes for research, including chat for collaboration, and many blobs of content meant to be sent to a specific platform, says Whiteley.

Over the past few years, the creators behind Dina have observed customers using the system, and the concept has worked really well - but something needs to be added. Hence Dina Spaces. 

- Imagine a world where you can create your own space - call it what you want. Make it private or public. Invite other users to collaborate with you. A chat is ready-made for each space that you create. You can create as many spaces as you want, says Whiteley.

It will give enormous freedom for the newsroom to plan individual stories, instances, and rundowns - around a singular topic. Inside your space, you can create categories - a list of groups where you can put anything from Dina - stories you create, instances you need to work on, rundowns you need to follow, and import contacts.

- We discovered that some organizations had established workflows outside of the NRCS. The need to have easy oversight of daily tasks and stories of the day will be one of the first things Spaces will address, says Whiteley.


True cloud-native NRCS

The next step will be to get in place planning solutions for more extensive events. Let’s take the example of the US elections. It’s not a single story; it’s an event with many stories for months. 

Dina is already a stand-out product in the broadcasting industry. It’s the only true cloud-native rundown system on the market, running in a browser with only the MOS gateway installed on-premises. Reporters just need a browser since Dina is built from the ground up on the latest web technologies. From Dina, you can publish to any platform; linear TV, web, and social media. Broadcasters worldwide are using Dina due to its functionality and story-centric approach.

Visit us at NAB, please follow this link to book a demo.

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