First posted at SPJDC.org, the website of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The topic: Innovation and Computing in Journalism.
“As information comes at us faster and faster, we have more and more data to deal with,” Diakopoulos said. “Social media is pumping out terabytes of this every day. We need computers to help us deal with that scale.”
Diakopoulos defined computational journalism as “using computing to facilitate, enable and reinvigorate the practices and processes of journalism, including collecting, organising, making sense of, communicating and disseminating news information, while upholding the values of journalism such as fairness and accuracy.”
As part of the presentation Diakopoulos presented two programs to help wade through all that data.
- “Videolyzer” is a fact checking application designed for online videos.
- “Vox Event Analytics,” that asks, “What would a journalist ask from social media, what could be interesting?”