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Submit your abstracts! by February 1! The Tow Center is proud to co-sponsor the International Communications Association pre-conference Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice, organized by fellows Andrea Wenzel and Jacob L. Nelson and taking place May 24 at the ASU Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center in Washington, DC.

As journalists across the globe continue to face distrustful audiences and uncertain economics, many have begun experimenting with novel forms of news production and community engagement with the hope of solving the news industry‚ ails. Although many scholars research these innovations, few have found ways to make that research impactful outside of the academic community. This pre-conference bridges this divide, by bringing together journalism innovators, funders, and researchers to share new findings and discuss best practices for collaborations. In addition to sharing scholarly work, we will hear from practitioners about their experiences with organizations working in the U.S. and internationally, such as City Bureau, Hearken, Outlier Media, and the News Integrity Initiative. The pre-conference will be structured to include opportunities for small group interaction between researchers and journalists, presentations of new papers, and a plenary panel discussion connecting leading journalism innovators with journalism and communication scholars.

The organizers invite those interested in participating to submit extended abstracts with a maximum length of 1500 words, including references. Please delete any identifying information before submitting your proposal as it will be subject to a blinded peer review. Send your submission in an editable format (e.g., Microsoft Word) to

More information on the call for papers can be found here
More information on the conference, including registration information, can be found here

Andrea's recent Tow-sponsored research has been published in peer-reviewed journal Journalism Practice and can be read here.

Northwestern University assistant professor—and Tow Center fellow—Nicholas Diakopoulos has overseen the organization of the Computation + Journalism 2019 Symposium, which will be held at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL on February 1-2.

The Computation + Journalism Symposium is a celebration and synthesis of new ways to find and tell news stories with, by, and about data and algorithms. It is a venue to seed new collaborations between journalists and computer and data scientists: a bazaar for the exchange of ideas between industry/practice and academia/research.

 2019's keynote speakers will be:
  • Lisa Gibbs (Associated Press) on news automation
  • Brian Hamman (New York Times) on engineering editorial products
  • Yphtach Lelkes (U Penn) on probabilistic election forecast coverage
Registration is $60 and can be purchased here.
Information about venues and accommodations can be found here.
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