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Computation + Journalism 2017 Symposium

Exploring the interface between journalism and computing

Thanks for attending this year’s C+J Symposium

Save the Date: C+J 2019 — Miami, FL, Feb 1-2

The next Computation+Journalism Symposium will be held at the University of Miami, Florida, Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2, 2019.  See you there!

Videos of #CJ2017

Watch full videos of the symposium sessions or view entire Youtube Playlist:

Coverage of #CJ2017

-   How Computer Scientists and Journalists Can Win the Fight Against Fake News   -

-   For Washington Post's innovation sage, the future is coming along nicely   -

-   #cj2017 on Twitter   -

-   Day 1 Photos   -

About the Symposium

Friday, October 13 – Saturday, October 14, 2017

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.

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.

Sessions and Receptions


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, Depatment of Computer Science, Northwestern University
  • Rachel Davis Mersey, Medill School, Northwestern University
  • Sara Owsley Sood, Department of Computer Science, 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


Thanks to our generous sponsors, who share our enthusiasm and help make this symposium and community thrive.
Mozilla FoundationGoogle News Lab
Northwestern University Office for ResearchMedill School of Journalism
NU Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceKnight Chair for Digital Media Strategy

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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