The Washington Post's chief technology officer, an academic researcher who's built tools to combat "fake news," and an editor who's overseen prize-winning investigative reporting projects will be the keynote speakers for
Computation+Journalism Symposium 2017
at Northwestern University in October.
The event's organizers encourage you to
register for the conference
book hotel rooms
for the event, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 at Northwestern's campus in Evanston, IL. There will also be a reception on Oct. 12, the night before the conference.
The conference keynote speakers will be:
- Shailesh Prakash, chief product and technology officer at The Washington Post, who has led the technological transformation of the media company since its acquisition by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
- Filippo Menczer, professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University, where he leads a research group focused on digital misinformation that has developed technologies such as Botometer and Hoaxy.
- Shawn McIntosh, deputy managing editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she oversees investigative journalism and data projects such as the award-winning "Doctors & Sex Abuse" investigation last year.
"Our keynote speakers are uniquely situated to provide insights into the intersection of journalism and technology from the perspective of a technologist, an academic and a journalist," said
Rich Gordon (conference co-Chair along with
Larry Birnbaum). "We're excited to hear what they have to say."
In addition to the keynote speakers, the symposium is expected to feature speakers and panels on topics including the accountability of news algorithms, conversational interfaces for news, and technologies for verifying the accuracy of information.
The conference organizers have announced
a call for papers
- no more than five pages long - to be
submitted by Aug. 1
. Papers can
explore a wide variety of connections between computer science and journalism, covering the entire process and practice of journalism in context, including:
- Computation and reporting, analysis, and sensemaking
- Computation and storytelling
- Computation and publishing
- Computation and distribution, including social media
- Computation and audience engagement with news
Journalists should know that the symposium welcomes case studies and write-ups of your organization's experiences applying technology to journalistic practice. Academics should know that the symposium is considered a "non-archival" event, which means you may submit something that you have published previously or intend to publish elsewhere.
Student submissions are welcome - and if they are not accepted for a panel, the symposium will include a poster/demo session for you to display and discuss your work.