Algorithms, Automation, and News:

An International Conference, Munich, 22-23 May 2018

Programme

Programme

21 May 2018

Evening: Informal get together at Café Reitschule.

 

 

 

Day 1: 22 May 2018

 

09:00 Arrival and registration
09:20-09:35 Welcome, opening
09:35-11:15

Panel 1: Requirements and realities: automation and the newsroom

09:35-09:55

C.W. Anderson
(University of Leeds)

F is for Fake, A is for Angry, B is for Boring: Sophisticated News in an Irrational Age

09:55-10:15

Carl-Gustav Lindén, Stefanie Sirén-Heikel, Lauri Haapanen and Tom Moring
(University of Helsinki)

So much data, so few stories: Journalistic usability of open data

10:15-10:35

Hanna Zoon, Jeske van Dongen and Jorge Alves Lino
(Fontys University of Applied Sciences)

Designing for Automated Journalism in the Netherlands: First Steps and No Way Back

10:35-10:55

Aljosha Karim Schapals
(Queensland University of Technology)

The challenges and opportunities of automated journalism: Illuminating the status quo in German newsrooms

10:55-11:15

Questions and discussion

Panel chair: Thomas Hess (LMU Munich)

11:15-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-13:00

Panel 2: Bots, labour, and public service

11:45-12:05

Rhianne Jones and Bronwyn Jones
(Independent Researcher and BBC Research & Development & Independent Researcher and BBC News Online)

Public Service Chatbots: Automating Conversation with BBC News

12:05-12:25

Heather Ford and Jonathon Hutchinson
(University of New South Wales & University of Sydney)

Bots and Public Service Media: Democratic Bedfellows or an Unholy Alliance?

12:25-12:45

Raul Ferrer-Conill and Christer Clerwall
(Karlstad University)

The journalistic conveyor belt. Intensities of automation and algorithmic micro-processes in Swedish newsrooms

12:45-13:00

Questions and discussion

Panel chair: Thomas Hanitzsch (LMU Munich)

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:40

Panel 3: Transparency and democracy

14:00-14:20

Britta Oertel and Jakob Kluge
(IZT - Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment)

German stakeholder perspectives on personalized news services

14:20-14:40

Stuart Myles
(Associated Press)

How Can We Make Algorithmic News More Transparent?

14:40-15:00

Haeyeop Song, Se-uk Oh and Jaemin Jung
(Kunsan National University, Korea Press Foundation & KAIST)

Toward transparent news algorithms focusing on the journalistic values: A case study of Korea Press Foundation’s News Trust Project in South Korea

15:00-15:20

Natali Helberger
(University of Amsterdam)

On the democratic role of news recommenders

15:20-15:40

Questions and discussion

Panel chair: Rhianne Jones (Independent Researcher and BBC Research & Development)

15:40-16:10 Coffee break
16:10-17:25

Panel 4: Professionalism and control in an age of automation

16:10-16:30

Balázs Bodó
(University of Amsterdam)

New strategies in news personalization – how legacy media uses algorithms to maintain its independence in the age of engagement

16:30-16:50

Marko Milosavljević and Igor Vobič
(University of Ljubljana)

Human-Still-in-the-Loop: Journalism between Automation and Professionalization

16:50-17:10

Rhianne Jones and Bronwyn Jones
(Independent Researcher and BBC Research & Development & Independent Researcher and BBC News Online)

Atomised News: Experimenting with structure in public service journalism. 

17:10-17:25

Questions and discussion

Panel chair: Hanna Zoon (Fontys University of Applied Sciences)

17:25-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-19:15

Evening ‘keynote’ lecture, Professor Phil Napoli
(Duke University)
Taking Stock of the Algorithmic Marketplace of Ideas

19:15-20:00 Buffet reception

 

 

 

Day 2: 23 May 2018

 

09:00-10:40

Panel 5: Sensing, synthesizing, and serving news in an age of automation

Presenting work conducted during the VolkswagenStiftung Freigeist Fellowship
on Algorithmic News:

09:00-09:30

Neil Thurman, Steve Schifferes, and Richard Fletcher
(LMU Munich, City, University of London & University of Oxford)

Teaching Computers to Catch Credible News Leads on Social Networks

Neil Thurman
(LMU Munich)

Social Media, Surveillance, and News Work: On the Apps Promising Journalists a "Crystal Ball"

09:30-10:00

Neil Thurman, Konstantin Dörr, and Jessica Kunert
(LMU Munich & University of Zurich)

Journalists on their Robot Pretenders

Neil Thurman, Ina Schulte-Uentrop, Christina Rogge and Katarina Krueger 
(LMU Munich)

Automating short-form news videos: Perception studies with US consumers

10:00-10:20

Jessica Kunert and Neil Thurman
(LMU Munich)

A Longitudinal Study of Mainstream, Transatlantic News Personalization

Neil Thurman, Natali Helberger, Judith Möller, and Damian Trilling
(LMU Munich & University of Amsterdam)

Algorithms, editors, or friends? Who do people want to choose their news and why

10:20-10:40

Questions and discussion

Panel chair: Heather Ford (University of New South Wales)

10:40-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-12:50

Panel 6: Embedding automation in the many forms of journalism: Covering local news, courts, sensors, and investigations

11:10-11:30

Jay Alabaster, William B. Silcock and Monica Chadha
(Arizona State University)

Local at Scale: Examining the Automation of Hyperlocal News

11:30-11:50

Lamprini Georgiou, Aggelos Kiayias and Burkhard Schafer
(University of Edinburgh)

Courting trouble: Trial reporting and the automation of journalistic compliance

11:50-12:10

Jonathan Stray
(Columbia University)

The State of the Art of Investigative AI

12:10-12:30

Jakob Vicari and Bertram Weiß
(Sensor&Reporter  & Sensor&Reporter and GEO)

Sensor Driven Journalism: Combining Reporting with the Internet of Things

12:30-12:50

Questions and discussion

Panel chair: Bronwyn Jones (Independent Researcher and BBC News Online)

12:50-13:50 Lunch
13:50-15:30

Panel 7: Research trajectories: modelling the past and shaping 
the future

13:50-14:10

Nick Diakopoulos
(Northwestern University)

Journalistic Data Mining

14:10-14:30

Matt Carlson
(Saint Louis University)

The rediscovery of objectivity: Algorithms and the return of the repressed in journalism studies

14:30-14:50

David Caswell
(Structured Stories)

Structured Journalism and the Semantic Units of News

14:50-15:10

Seth C. Lewis, Andrea Guzman and Thomas Schmidt
(University of Oregon, Northern Illinois University & University of Oregon)

Humans, Machines, and News: A Conference-Closing Response

15:10-15:30

Questions and discussion

Panel chair: Valerie Belair-Gagnon (University of Minnesota)

15:30 Conference close

 

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