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Call for Papers - 13th DMD

Digital intermediaries (search engines, social media, digital stores, news aggregators, and messaging apps) became one of the most important platforms for accessing and finding news in the 21st century (Napoli 2014; Rasmus and Schroder, 2014; Helberger, 2016). The recent example of the 2016 elections in the US showed the importance of Facebook as a (primary) source of news and the creation of a privately-controlled public sphere (Helberger, 2016) where social networks act as ‘social editor’ (Helberger, 2016) which controls the algorithm (news feed) that allows users to access and engage with content. That kind of power of digital intermediaries questions media freedom, media pluralism, and current media policies (Helberger, 2016).

Digital intermediaries make editorial-like and personalisation judgments in their algorithms and therefore can cause effects like filter bubble (Pariser, 2011) and echo chambers (Jamieson and Cappella, 2008; Garrett, 2009). However, “their potential to make information visible and accessible is why information intermediaries can have a very positive effect on diversity and pluralism. (Helberger et al., 2014) Because of these processes, policy -makers should consider taking measures to ensure media plurality and diversity.

Different studies (Foster, 2012; Helberger et al., 2014; Nenadic and Ostling, 2016; Newman et al., 2016) tried to address the issue but none of them manage to answer the questions of how to measure and benchmark media pluralism and diversity of digital intermediaries. Existing tools and metrics for monitoring media pluralism provided by the European University Institute (The Media Pluralism Monitor) and Ofcom in the UK only partially address the problem. Ofcom (2015) noted that survey data and the web measurements (reach, page views, and time spent) do not provide “a complete and consistent picture of online news consumption across both the full range of devices and the sources used. Considering the trend that is visible in the research of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (Foster, 2012; Newman et al., 2016) and other sources (Ofcom; EUI) determining the appropriate tools for measuring media pluralism and diversity is crucial.

The goal of the conference is to explore topics such as but not limited to:

• What are the indicators/measures of media pluralism of content distributed & shared by digital intermediaries?

• What (big) data sources and computational techniques can be used for measuring media pluralism of content distributed & shared by digital intermediaries?

• How to benchmark or weight indicators of media pluralism in content distributed & shared by digital intermediaries?

Different theoretical and empirical scientific approaches are welcome.

Conference venue: University of Dubrovnik Main Campushttp://goo.gl/vc1tLO

Papers presented at the conference (after peer review) will be published in Proceedings which will be submitted for indexation by ISI, SCOPUS, and Google Scholar.

Official conference language is English.

Call for Papers - 12th DMD

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Istanbul are indicators that more and more terrorist attacks are happening in the West. According to the Institute for Economics and Peace (2016), there has been record global increase of 45 per cent in terrorism-related deaths in 2014. Although there is a greater risk of terrorist attacks in the Middle East than on West, Boko Haram and Isis were responsible for 51 per cent of all killings in 2014 (The Telegraph, 2016).

According to Brigitte L. Nacos (2002), mass media have central role in the terrorist scheme. Media are exploiting terrorism as infotainment for increasing ratings and circulation while on other side terrorist organizations need drama, tragedy and shock to spread their political message. Thanks to social media - shocking and frightening images are now reaching public directly and media have to use user-generated content in their reports.

The goal of the conference is to explore topics such as but not limited to:

Framing of terrorism in new media

Reporting about terrorism attacks

Use of user-generated content in reporting about terrorism attacks

Use of technology for disseminating ideas of terrorism and extremism?

Terrorist’s propaganda especially via social media & technology

Media representations of terrorism especially Islamic forms (ISIS)

Media representations of terrorist supporters especially young people

Media representations of government policies on terrorism

Government’s propaganda strategies for counter-terrorism

New trends and future of the field

Different theoretical and empirical scientific approaches are welcome.

TIMELINE

Deadline for submission of abstracts (300 words): September 25, 2016 (EXTENDED); Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2016;

Registration fee for participants whose papers are accepted – 120 Euro (SEE academia pay 50 Euro), all others pay 200 Euro.

Registration Form https://goo.gl/forms/iJhstSEL2iePNm373

Full Papers due by December 1, 2016 (4,000-6,000 words, including 300 word abstracts and six keywords; referencing - APA)

REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION VIA E-MAIL: dmd (at) unidu.hr

For further information about the conference in general, contact:

dr.sc. Mato Brautovic (mbraut (at) unidu.hr)



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Call for Papers

11th Dubrovnik Media Days: “Artificial Intelligence, Robots and MediaExtended Call for Papers

[The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 15, 2015]

Organizer: UNIVERSITY OF DUBROVNIK/DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCE

October 30-31, 2015

Technology has always influenced journalism and media by reshaping news production process and changing the way journalists produce their work. Today, in the time of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Algorithms, the news production process could be completely automated especially in the area of newsgathering where computer algorithms (robot journalism) could generate news (and replace humans). As a result of these advances media companies are increasingly experimenting with algorithms, drones and other computer operated/powered devices in newsgathering, production of news and storytelling.  In line with new trends and ideas coming from Google News project, Associated Press and Automated Insights, drone reporting etc. a new set of ethical, quality and transparency questions arises. 

For example: What are the ethics of the use of algorithms in  journalism? Who is monitoring the computers? Are journalists and media industry ready for the future? How does audience accept robot journalism?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, issues surrounding  the following questions and cases:

•    Use of artificial intelligence/algorithms in news

•    Use of drones and other computer operated/powered devices in reporting

•    Ethical issues with robot and drone journalism

•    Questions of accuracy and transparency

•    Audience and robot reporting

•    Future plans for robot reporting about more challenging topics

•    Legal and copyright problems with algorithm reporting

•    Role of computer programmers in robot journalism

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Noam Lemelshtrich Latar, School of Communication, Israel

Christer Clerwall, Karlstad University, Sweden

James Kotecki, Automated Insights, USA

Different theoretical and empirical scientific approaches are welcome.

Conference venue: University of Dubrovnik Main Campus http://goo.gl/vc1tLO

Papers presented at the conference (after peer review) will be  published in the science journal Medianali.

Official conference language is English.

Timeline:

Deadline for submission of abstracts (200 words) and registration: September 15, 2015;

Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2015;

Registration fee for participants whose papers are accepted – 120 Euro  (academia from SEE pay 50 Euro), all others pay 200 Euro.

Full Papers due by November 1, 2015 (4,000-6,000 words, including 200  word abstracts and six keywords; referencing - APA)

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