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Computation + Journalism 2017 Symposium

Exploring the interface between journalism and computing

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About the Symposium

Friday, October 13 – Saturday, October 14

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

The Computation+Journalism Symposium brings together journalists and technologists, academics and practitioners alike, to share research and explore the ways that computation is transforming all the key functions of journalism: reporting, analysis, verification, storytelling, publishing, distribution, and audience engagement.

The symposium should be of interest to scholars and practitioners from many disciplines because journalists increasingly use tools and approaches from the academy — for instance, statistics, network analysis, natural language processing, and data visualization — while scholars increasingly grasp the fundamental importance of key technical challenges posed by journalism as an application area, as well as the social implications of this new area.

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This Year's Topics

A major focus on “fake news”

This year’s conference will include a major focus on “fake news,” misinformation and fact-checking, given the attention these topics have gotten in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Other themes may include:

Keynote Speakers

Hear from keynote speakers uniquely situated to provide insights into the intersection of journalism and technology from the perspective of a technologist, an academic and a journalist.

Call for papers and posters

We invite the participation of a broad range of thinkers, doers and storytellers to this interdisciplinary meeting, a hybridization of journalism and the computing and data sciences. We want to hear from journalists with an interest in, or experience in, developing new technologies or applications, and from data and computer scientists working in news, or storytelling broadly, and who would like to collaborate with journalistic organizations. Paper and poster submission deadline is August 1.

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Speakers and Topics

Nominate panelists / suggest a panel topic

In order to surface new topics and extend the reach of the meeting to new communities, we are soliciting panel proposals for this event that match our categories above. A panel will consist of between three or four participants plus a moderator, and it should be thought of as a discussion on a topic of interest to the computation and journalism communities. A panel proposal should have a proposed title, discussion of likely topics and questions to be covered, and list of likely panelists and their affiliations.

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Sessions and Receptions

Preliminary conference schedule

Thursday, October 12, ~6 p.m.

Location on campus is still to be determined. More information to follow.

Friday, October 13

8:30 a.m. Coffee/snacks

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Conference sessions

5:15–7 p.m. Reception and poster session

Saturday, October 14

8:30 a.m. Coffee/snacks

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Conference sessions

4 p.m. Closing and departures


Program Committee
  • Maneesh Agarwala, Stanford University
  • Emily Bell, Columbia University
  • Larry Birnbaum, Northwestern University (co-chair)
  • Meredith Broussard, New York University
  • Sarah Cohen, The New York Times
  • Nicholas Diakopoulos, Northwestern University
  • Irfan Essa, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • James Hamilton, Stanford University
  • Mark Hansen, Columbia University
  • Bahareh Heravi, National University of Ireland - Galway
  • Jessica Hullman, University of Washington
  • Rich Gordon, Northwestern University (co-chair)
  • Cheryl Phillips, Stanford University

Host Committee
  • Pablo J. Boczkowski, School of Communication, Northwestern University
  • Nick Diakopolous, School of Communication, Northwestern University
  • Steven Franconeri, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University
  • Liz Gerber, Segal Design Institute, Northwestern University
  • Rayid Ghani, Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Kristian Hammond, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Northwestern University
  • Rachel Davis Mersey, Medill School, Northwestern University
  • Sara Owsley Sood, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Northwestern University
  • Brian Uzzi, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Zach Wise, Medill School, Northwestern University
  • Emily Withrow, Medill School, Northwestern University
  • Noshir Contractor, School of Communication, Northwestern University

Learn more about previous C+J conferences:

2016 (Stanford University) / 2015 (Columbia University) / 2014 (Columbia University) / 2013 (Georgia Tech) / 2008 (Georgia Tech)

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