European Data and Computational Journalism Conference

July 1st - 2nd 2019 - Malaga, Spain

The Conference

The 3rd European Data and Computational Journalism Conference aims to bring together industry, practitioners and academics in the fields of journalism and news production and information, data, social and computer sciences, facilitating a multidisciplinary discussion on these topics in order to advance research and practice in the broad area of Data and Computational Journalism.

Held in Malaga, Spain, the conference will present a mix of academic talks and keynotes from industry leaders. It will be followed by a day of workshops and tutorials.

This is the 3rd edition of the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference. The 1st edition was held in 2017 in Dublin, Ireland, and the 2nd edition was held in 2018, in Cardiff, Wales.

Registration for the conference is open to all

Speakers

Joining us will be industrial and academic leaders delivering keynote talks during the conference on the real world practice of Data and Computational Journalism.

Daniele Grasso

Data Journalism Unit, El Pais

Daniele is an Italian Data-Driven Journalist based in Madrid. He is the head of the Data Journalism Unit at El País since January 2019. Previously, he coordinated the Data Journalism Team of the Spanish leading digital newspaper, El Confidencial. Since June 2017 he has been a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Daniele has a leading role in the Spanish chapters of cross-border investigations 'Lux Leaks', 'Swiss Leaks', a global effort to reveal the secret accounts of the HSBC, The Panama Papers and The Implant Files.

He took part in the the first pan-European data-journalism projects: GenerationE and The Migrants Files, the latter winning the Data Journalism Award, the European Press Prize 2015 and a Gold Medal at 'Premios ÑH'.

Meredith Broussard

New York University

Meredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, a 2018 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. Her newest project explores how future historians will read today’s news on tomorrow’s computers. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she has also worked as a software developer at AT&T Bell Labs and the MIT Media Lab. Her features and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, Slate, and other outlets.

Submissions

The 3rd European Data and Computational Journalism Conference aims to bring together industry, practitioners and academics in the fields of journalism and news production and information, data, social and computer sciences, facilitating a multidisciplinary discussion on these topics in order to advance research and practice in the broad area of Data and Computational Journalism.

Held in Malaga, Spain, the conference will present a mix of academic talks and keynotes from industry leaders. It will be followed by a day of workshops and tutorials.

We invite the submission of both academic research-focused and industry-focused talks for the conference, on the subjects of journalism, data journalism, and information, data, social and computer sciences.

Academic talks should be submitted as 2-page extended abstracts, using this template. Industry talks are also encouraged, which can be submitted to the main submission site as brief descriptions highlighting the topics and key themes of the talk and the relevance to the conference, using this form. Proposals for workshops and tutorials are also welcome, see below.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Application of data and computational journalism within newsrooms
  • Data driven investigations
  • Data storytelling
  • Open data for journalism, storytelling, transparency and accountability
  • Algorithms, transparency and accountability
  • Automated, robot and chatbot journalism
  • Newsroom software and tools
  • ‘Post-fact’ journalism and the impact of data
  • User experience and interactivity
  • Data and Computational Journalism education
  • Post-desktop news provision/interaction
  • Data mining news sources
  • Visualisation and presentation
  • News games and gamification of News
  • Bias, ethics, transparency and truth in Data Journalism
  • Newsroom challenges with respect to data journalism, best practices, success and failure stories

Extended Abstracts presented at the conference will be archived in proceedings compiled by the Library of University College Dublin. Selected full papers from the conference will be invited to submit to a journal special issue (tbc).

For any questions about submissions or the conference, please email us, contact one of the organisers directly, or get in touch via twitter.

Submissions closed at 23:59 UTC on 4th April 2019

Workshop Proposals

Submissions are also welcomed for ½ day workshops/tutorials to be given on the 2nd day of the conference. These could be practical/introductory sessions on topics/tools related to the themes of the conference. Workshop/Tutorial proposals should include information on the workshop/tutorial topic, the maximum number of attendees, and any space/equipment requirements, and can be submitted through the main submission site using this form.

For any questions about submissions or the conference, please email us, contact one of the organisers directly, or get in touch via twitter.

Submissions closed at 23:59 UTC on 4th April 2019

Conference Schedule

Below is the conference schedule

Day 1 - Monday 1st July 2019

Rectorate of the University of Malaga, 2 Cervantes Avenue, 29016 Málaga

Time Talk
9:00 Arrival and Registration
9:30 Opening
9:50 Keynote
Daniele Grasso, El Pais
10:50 Without the human element your data stories are just spreadsheets
Mohammed Haddad - Al Jazeera
11:10 Break
11:40 How do you cover uncertain elections?
Josh Rayman & Alice Grenié - BBC World Service
12:00 Detecting newsworthy events in a journalistic platform
JTareq Al-Moslmi, Marc Gallofré Ocaña, Andreas L Opdahl and Bjørnar Tessem - University of Bergen
12:20 Fake News Detection Based on Named Entity Recognition and Machine Learning
Francisco Lopez Valverde, Rafaela Benitez Rochel and Maria Guerrero Aguilar - University of Malaga
12:40 Lunch
Lunch on Day One will be at El Palmeral.
14:20 RODA: a tool for semi-automatic data-driven visual stories
Xaquín Veira-González, Anton Bardera, Apple Chan-Fardel and María Luisa Otero López - University of Girona, University of Santiago de Compostela
14:40 Becoming a Data Journalist: the role of identity in data journalism education
Lizabeth Hannaford - Manchester Metropolitan University
15:00 Predictive sentiment analysis of messages for Journalistic Purposes: Real-time classification of tweets based on Machine Learning
Félix Ortega, Carlos Arcila and Antonio García - University of Salamanca, University Rey Jun Carlos
15:20 Building a StatsBot
Sophie Warnes, Jure Stabuc and Henry Lau - Office for National Statistics
15:40 Break
16:20 Style, Singularity, and Substance: What Picture Editors Want from A.I
Martin Schön and Neil Thurman - LMU Munich
16:40 Keynote
Meredith Broussard - NYU
17:40 Closing

Conference Social

The first day of the conference will be followed by a social gathering: a cocktail reception to be given at the Town Hall (Salon de los Espejos) from 20:00 to 21:30. Following the cocktail reception we will move to La Fabrica, a pub offering craft beers made in Malaga. Address: Trinidad Grund 29

Day 2 - Tuesday July 2nd 2019

Faculty of Communication- University of Malaga, León Tolstoi Street, 29010 Málaga

Our second day will consist of a number of panels, talks and workshops

Time Track 1 Track 2
9:30 - 10:30 Room 1: Google News Initiative
Pablo Sanguinetti
10:30 - 11:30 Room 1: Data Journalism in Iberia
Calculating 'what-ifism': How to measure hypothetical realities - Jesús Escudero - El Confidencial
Hiperia, the transparency machine - Ana Tudela and Antonio Delgado - Datadista
Can data journalism really stimulate local news? A case study with media in the countryside of Portugal - Ricardo Morais and Pedro Jerónimo - University of Beira Interior / Labcom.IFP
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 13:00 Room 1: Ask the author: How to make reporters look at your code without panic?
Krystina Shveda - The Times and The Sunday Times
Room 2: Play the News: developing games in the newsroom
Salvador Gómez-García - University of Valladolid
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Room 1: Newsroom Panel
From passive to active: an approach to statistical methods for journalistic stories - Carmen Aguilar García - Sky News
How the BBC's Shared Data Unit has benefited local newsrooms - Peter Sherlock - BBC
Room 2: Quick but not dirty - how to implement data journalism in a breaking news environment - Haluka Maier-Borst - NZZ
15:00 - 16:00 Room 1: Alexa, what can you do for data journalism?
Ruben Miguez - Newtral
Room 2: Streaming Social Media Data from Twitter using R
Iuliia Alieva - University of Missouri
16:00 - 17:30 Break, Networking and Close

Conference Social - Data+Beers

On the second day we'll be linking up with the regular Data+Beers event in Malaga at 19:30 to finish off the conference with some discussion about data and some (optional!) beers. Databeers Malaga joins the 3rd European Data and Computational Journalism Conference with a special event on journalism and information visualizations. This event will be held on the beach, in an emblematic and summery place, El Balneario, Baños del Carmen. The event will start with a beer reception, courtesy of San Miguel. It is then followed by a series of talks from data journalism professionals from prestigious Spanish national media, innovative communication services entrepreneurs who work with data and university academics who will present research related to the state of the art of this discipline in Spain. These talks will be in Spanish, but non-Spanish speakers can keep drinking beers on the beach! There will be interaction and networking at the end of the event. You can sign up for the Databeers event here.

Conference Bonus - Free Museum Entry

For some culture after the conference, show your #datajconf lanyard at one of four museums between 30th June and 3rd July for free entry: Thyssen, Ruso, Centre Pompidou and Casa Natal de Picasso

Venue

The conference will be held in Malaga, Spain, on the 1st and 2nd of July, 2019. University of Malaga (UMA) is a public institution founded in 1972. Privileged in its geographical location, UMA is renowned for its highly qualified teaching and research staff. The University of Malaga offers a wide educational range, encouraging the creation of multidisciplinary teams and the collaboration between universities. The international vocation of the Universidad de Málaga reflects the multicultural tradition established by the history of our environment, an example of hybridization of civilizations. In addition to the high quality of the services and facilities provided by this University, our mild climate, and the natural and cultural charm of our environment guarantee a unique experience in the academic life of foreign visitors.

Day 1 will be held in the Rectorate of the University of Malaga, 2 Cervantes Avenue, 29016 Málaga. This is located at the foot of the Alcazaba and faces the main park and the port of Malaga.

Day 2

Day 2 will be held in the Faculty of Communication- University of Malaga, León Tolstoi Street, 29010 Málaga. This is situated on the Teatinos campus.

Organisers

Bahareh Heravi

@Bahareh360

Bahareh is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin, where she is the the Postgraduate Director of the School, and the Director of the Data Journalism programme. Prior to joining UCD, Bahareh was the Head of Insight News Lab at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. During this time she led a number of R&D projects with the Irish National TV and Radio broadcaster, RTÉ. Bahareh is the former Lead Data Scientist at The Irish Times and the founder of Hacks/Hackers Dublin.

Bella Palomo

@bellapalomo

Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism at University of Málaga (Spain). She is specialised in the fields of digital journalism, editorial design, active audiences, social media and journalistic routines. Palomo teaches multimedia reporting, and she is author of a hundred of articles and books about these topics. She has been multimedia and communication consultant in Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and visiting professor in the Universities of Washington, Rutgers, Miami (USA), Shanghai (China) and Federal de Bahía (Brazil).

Glyn Mottershead

@glynmottershead

A former newspaper reporter, feature writer, subeditor and production journalist, Glyn has worked across a range of news beats including crime, health and local government. Glyn is a co-author of The 21st Century Journalism Handbook and specialises in Digital Journalism and Data Journalism. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Online News Association. Glyn was the founding co-director of the MSc Computational and Data Journalism at Cardiff University, and is one of the founders of Hacks/Hackers South Wales X South West. He is a Senior Lecturer in Data Journalism at City, University of London.

Martin Chorley

@martinjc

Martin is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University, where he is course director for the MSc Computational and Data Journalism, and Director of Learning and Teaching. His research is primarily focused in the areas of computational journalism and mobile and social computing, where he examines the ways in which humans and society interact with systems and technology. He teaches web development, data analysis and visualisation. He is one of the organisers of the PyDiff meetup in Cardiff, and is also one of the founders of Hacks/Hackers South Wales X South West.

Program Committee

  • James Hamilton (Stanford University, U.S.)
  • Nicholas Diakopoulos (Northwestern University, U.S.)
  • Meredith Broussard (New York University, U.S.)
  • Cheryl Phillips (Stanford University, U.S.)
  • Eddy Borges Rey (University of Stirling, Scotland, U.K.)
  • Paul Bradshaw (Birmingham City University, U.K.)
  • Marc Esteve del Valle (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Florian Stalph (University of Passau, Germany)
  • Silvia Majo-Vazquez (University of Oxford, U.K.)
  • Carl-Gustav Linden (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Pere Masip (Universitat Ramón Llull, Spain)
  • Bahareh Heravi (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Glyn Mottershead (Cardiff University, Wales, U.K.)
  • Martin Chorley (Cardiff University, Wales, U.K.)
  • Bella Palomo (Universidad de Málaga, Spain)

Local Organising Committee

  • Elena Blanco
  • Nereida Cea
  • Laura Teruel
  • Maria Sánchez
  • Alba Cordoba
  • Jon Sedano
  • Sonia Blanco
  • Aida De Vicente
  • Álvaro López
  • Rosmely Alvariño
  • Laura Barrera

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