Call for Papers

The exponential growth of social media as a central communication practice, and its agility in capturing and announcing breaking news events more rapidly than traditional media, has changed the journalistic landscape: social media has been adopted as a significant source by professional journalists, and conversely, citizens are able to use social media as a form of direct reportage. This brings along new opportunities for newsrooms and journalists by providing new means for newsgathering through access to a wealth of citizen reportage and updates about current affairs, as well as an additional showcase for news dissemination.

This workshop aims to focus on the intersection of social media and journalism, as a subset of Computational and Data Journalism. It will particularly focus on the development of novel algorithms, methods, and tools, and to further understand and to make the most of social media content for the purposes of news and media industries and journalism practitioners.

Topics of Interest

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners and academics in the fields of journalism and news production, information science, data science and computer science, facilitating a multidisciplinary discussion on these topics in order to advance research in the broad area of Data and Computational journalism, with specific focus on social media data for news production and reporting.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Newsgathering from social media
  • Social Event Detection
  • Social media content curation
  • Social media analytics for news
  • Verification of source and content
  • Detection of eyewitnesses and experts
  • Ethical issues concerning social media newsgathering and eyewitness media
  • Credibility assessment
  • Provenance
  • Analysis of social news and online news from traditional media
  • Fact-checking
  • Citizen journalism
  • Data Driven journalism
  • Computational Journalism
  • Robot journalism
  • Algorithmic accountability
  • Approaches to boost reputation of journalists in social media
  • Diffusion of news stories in social media
  • Social media news audiences and network gatekeeping
  • Social media and censorship
  • Visualisation of news and social media

Important Dates (all deadlines are 11:59 PM HAST)

  • 27th February, 2016: Paper submission deadline.
  • 11th March, 2016: Notification to authors.
  • 17th March, 2016: Camera-ready papers due.
  • 17th May, 2016: Workshop day.

Paper submission

Two types of submissions will be accepted: full papers that present advanced work (5-8 pages), and short papers that present work in progress (up to 4 pages). Submissions will be assessed through peer review, with each submission being reviewed by at least three committee members. Submissions need not be anonymised.

Papers must be in trouble-free, high resolution PDF format, formatted for US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) paper, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts. Submission must be formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style.

Submissions will be made through Easychair.

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