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Quantifying Journalism: Metrics, Data and Computation

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Friday, May 30, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Quantifying Journalism: Metrics, Data and Computation

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The first Tow Research conference, Quantifying Journalism: Metrics, Data and Computation, on May 30, 2014 will reflect on a big year in data journalism. Quantifying Journalism: Data, Metrics, and Computation will bring together academics, practitioners and technologists to explore three critical questions at the heart of the data journalism conversation:

Beyond Clickbait: How are news organizations actually using analytics, and what does It mean for content?

Data: What is (and isn’t) it good for?

Robot Reporters:  What new journalistic data gathering tools, such as drones and sensors are on the horizon?

The first Tow research conference Quantifying Journalism: Data, Metrics, and Computation is Friday, May 30, 2014 at Columbia Journalism School. Space is still available.

The day-long conference will include panel discussions, lectures, lightning talks, and the launch of three Tow Center reports. All sessions will be broadcast live starting at 9am (EST) here: http://cuj.tw/1g8MvZU 

Send your #towtalk questions via Twitter.

Download a PDF of the Conference Program

The following is the schedule for the day.

8:30am–9:00am | Breakfast

9:15am–10:30am

PANEL | Beyond Clickbait: How are news organizations actually using analytics, and what does It mean for content?

  • Caitlin Petre, Tow Fellow
  • James Robinson, Director of News Analytics, The New York Times
  • Tony Haile, CEO, Chartbeat
  • Daniel Mintz, Director of Business Intelligence, Upworthy

10:30am–11:15am

TOW REPORT LAUNCH | The Art and Science of Data Journalism

  • Alexander Howard, Tow Fellow

11:15am–11:30am | Break

11:30am–12:45pm 

PANEL | Data: What is (and isn’t) it good for?

  • Jonathan Stray, Tow Fellow
  • Amanda Cox, Graphics Editor, The New York Times
  • Dan Gardner, Author and Journalist
  • Jen Lowe, Data Scientist, datatelling
  • Mark Hansen, Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation & Professor of Journalism, Columbia University

12:45pm–2:00pm | Lunch

LUNCH TALKS | Reports from Tow Fellows ongoing Tow Research Projects

  • Andy Carvin | Broken News
  • Brian Abelson and Michael Keller | NewsLynx
  • Nicholas Diakopoulos | Data Journalism: Algorithmic Accountability
  • Susan E. McGregor | Journalism Security

2:00pm–2:30pm

TALK | The State of Data on Journalism

  • Jesse Holcomb, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

2:30pm–2:45pm | Break

2:45pm–3:30pm

TOW REPORT LAUNCH | Amateur Footage: A Global Study of User-Generated Content in TV and Online News Output

  • Claire Wardle, Tow Fellow
  • Sam Dubberley, Tow Fellow

3:30pm–4:45pm

PANEL | Robot Reporters: What new journalistic data gathering tools, such as drones and sensors are on the horizon? and REPORT LAUNCH | Sensors and Journalism

  • Fergus Pitt, Tow Fellow
  • Scott Klein, Assistant Managing Editor, ProPublica
  • Shannon Dosemagen, Co-founder and Executive Director, Public Lab
  • Joe Procopio, VP of Product, Automated Insights
  • Nabiha Syed, Associate, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz

Download a PDF of the Conference Program

Have questions about Quantifying Journalism: Metrics, Data and Computation? Contact The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

When & Where


Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Friday, May 30, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)


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