For all of the noise despairing about the future of news, far too little is said about the construction that underlies the interfaces, services, and business models on which journalism will continue to exist. The discussion is a primarily a technical one, and one that touches on subjects like Social Networking, Media Authoring, Knowledge Management, Data Visualization, Open Government, and Web 2.0. The mess to parse today’s journalism interfaces/services/business models, and the wide range of technical subjects involved make the Computational Journalism discussion a rich and complex one. But to cut through the complexity, it helps to focus on how experiments by individuals and by news organizations have made progress toward understanding the news interface/service/business model conundrum. We’ll be showing examples that are the best of these experiments, and discussing insights into what the next generation of experiments should attempt to accomplish.
A Ph.D. student in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, my interests currently lie at the intersection of human computer interaction (HCI), collaborative media authoring and annotation, and information visualization. With Irfan Essa and Brad Stenger, we organized the 2008 and 2009 Computation + Journalism Symposiums at Georgia Tech.
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