Computation + Journalism Symposium 2013

From the symposium: Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) and GVU Center helped organize this event.

Journalists need to be educated in computational literacy in order to make tools, not just use them.

 “Journalists must be taught critical thinking, how to incorporate the scientific method into their work, and how to make new tools, not just use them”

Instead of simply attracting audiences, journalists should focus on interacting and building trust with those audiences. Technological tools are necessary to accomplish that goal.

 “A key set of problems for news organizations in regard to social content is discovery, verification and access to the videos and images that emerge.”

“Journalists,” Philip Meyer added, “must focus on building a reputation for reliability and trust and not news that has entertainment value simply to reach the largest audience.”

Collaboration across a variety of disciplines is key in order for the field of journalism to evolve alongside technology.

– The Georgia Tech College of Computing contributed this story

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