Algorithms, Automation, and News:

An International Conference, Munich, 22-23 May 2018

About

Organisers and Sponsors

About the Organisers

Neil Thurman

Neil Thurman

Neil Thurman is Professor of Communication with an emphasis on Computational Journalism in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich. He holds a Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) for a project on 'Algorithmic News'. Neil's research focuses on the changes taking place in news production and consumption as a result of the internet. It has been covered by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Le Figaro; and been honoured by the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas, where he won 'best paper' over four consecutive years. He is on Twitter: @neilthurman.

Seth C. Lewis

Seth C. Lewis

Seth C. Lewis, Ph.D., is the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, and an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. A two-time winner of the Outstanding Article in Journalism Studies Award, Lewis examines journalism and its digital transformation, with a focus on journalist–audience relationships, human–machine communication, and sociotechnical developments such as big data, algorithms, automation, and artificial intelligence. He has published some 50 journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited the book Boundaries of Journalism: Professionalism, Practices, and Participation (Routledge, 2015). He is on Twitter: @sethclewis.

Dr. Jessica Kunert

Dr Jessica Kunert

Jessica Kunert is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research at LMU Munich.  Her research focuses on the impact of algorithms on news production and distribution. Her other work concerns the relationship between journalists, citizens, and politics, and she also studies communication patterns in professional and amateur sports. She is on Twitter: @jessicakunert.

Center for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

""Center for Advanced Studies" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The Center for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) is a forum for intensive interdisciplinary academic exchange. It promotes cooperation between outstanding researchers from various LMU departments and fosters participation of visiting scholars in research and academic life at LMU.

Founded in the course of the Excellence Initiative, CAS's purpose is not only to support the research activities of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität but also to emphasize the concept of a university in its broadest sense – that is, as a "universitas" which covers all disciplines. This purpose is likewise expressed by the tree of knowledge in the CAS emblem.

About the Sponsors

The Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation is an independent foundation incorporated under private law with registered office in Hanover. Its overall funding volume of around 150 million euros per year makes it Germany‘s largest private research funding foundation, and indeed one of the country’s largest foundations altogether. The Foundation provides funds only to academic institutions. Since it was founded more than 50 years ago, the Volkswagen Foundation has allocated more than 4.2 billion euros in support of over 30,000 projects. It is thereby one of the largest common benefit foundations under private law in all of Germany.

The School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

The School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

Funding for this conference is provided by the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media and the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, a Tier 1 national public research university in the U.S. At a time of incredible change and upheaval in the media industry, the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon enters its second century in 2017 as a leader in communication research, media innovation, storytelling, and strategy. More than ever, it is critical to create engaging communication that informs and inspires. With support of our stakeholders, our programs are intellectually rigorous and professionally relevant, and prepare students to think critically and act creatively.