ARTICLE: Free software and limited resources shape data journalism

In their new article Mary Lynn Young, of University of British Columbia, Alfred Hermida, of University of British Columbia, and Johanna Fulda examine the quality of Canadian finalists and winners in major national and international awards for data journalism between 2012 and 2015. The main research question is how journalists executed what could be considered Canada’s … Continued

Picture: Stanford C+J Symposium by Turo Uskali

EVENT: Computation + Journalism symposium presentations online

Stanford University held a two-day symposium on 30 September and 1 October titled “Exploring the interface between journalism and computing”. The Computational + Journalism symposium gathered together academics and industry people to talk about journalism and algorithms, including topics such as election deception, visualisations and machine learning. The presentations from the conference were recorded and are available online. … Continued

ARTICLE: Journalists confused over crediting bots

Conventions regarding how to credit algorithmically produced news stories are various and incoherent, write Tal Montal and Zvi Reich, both of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The authors interviewed seven senior journalists working in newsrooms that employ so-called “robot journalists”, and also analysed 174 partially or wholly automated news stories. The interviewees swore by … Continued

NODA16: Takeaways from the preconference

The Nordic Data Journalism conference (NODA16) ended with a well-attended presentation on the so-called Panama Papers project, on Saturday (23.4.). In addition to its professional focus, the event featured an academic pre-conference on Thursday (21.4.). The full academic sessions are available as videos, but here are some of our favourite takeaways. Paul Bradshaw, of Birmingham … Continued

ARTICLE: Algorithms challenge professional journalism

When algorithms enter professional news production, ethical challenges arise on various levels, write Konstantin Nicholas Dörr and Katharina Hollnbuchner. Focus of their article is on algorithmic journalism and aims to provide a framework to identify and discuss those ethical issues  Journalist is not the major moral agent anymore as other actors, such as algorithms, are involved in news … Continued

ARTICLE: Computer-written news score high in terms of credibility

Computer-written news tends to be rated higher than human-written news in terms of credibility but news consumers get more pleasure out of reading human-written news, write Andreas Graefe of Columbia University, LMU Munich, and Macromedia University, Mario Haim of LMU Munich, Bastian Haarmann of Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics and Hans-Bernd Brosius of LMU Munich. Writers studied on people’s perception of … Continued

REPORT: Robo-journalism, ad blocking, and other predictions

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) has published a forecast of the digital media trends of 2016. Authored by the Institute’s own Nic Newman, the report covers developments in media business, technology, and consumer tendencies. Among Newman’s predictions is the coming-of-age of virtual reality, the continued decline of television viewership, surge in ad … Continued

ARTICLE: Social network analysis offers new opportunities for research

Media organizations, media content, and audiences are increasingly connected through a variety of media networks, writes J. Sophia Fu. Online news articles have hyperlinks to link to other content and news organizations disseminate news via social media, just to mention few examples. The article aims to promote social network analysis in the study of journalism. According to … Continued

ARTICLE: Automated “newshound” monitoring

Algorithmic data analysis of social media content, especially the process of automatic verification, is a potent new tool of journalism, writes an UK-German research team. The team consists of Neil Thurman, of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Steve Schifferes and Aljosha Karim Schapals, both of City University London, Richard Fletcher and Nic Newman, both of … Continued