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Neil Maiden: Interactive creativity support for journalists

November 25, 2015. Tid: 12:15 - 13:30

Bergen Journalism Lab invites you to a lunch seminar on Wednesday November 25th. Professor Neil Maiden presents a Google funded innovation project in computational journalism, conducted at City University London. Maiden is the second of four invited guests from the creative industry in and around TechCity London. Bergen Journalism Lab is a research initiative at the University of Bergen exploring the best from legacy media and the best from new media.

The lecture will last for 45 minutes. Afterwards there will be a 30 minute general discussion. Professor Lars Nyre chairs the event.

Abstract
Journalism is a creativity industry, but there is little digital support for most creative tasks that journalists undertake. This Google-funded project is developing a new digital prototype for journalists that provides interactive support for exploring new story directions during the early stages of story development. The prototype support journalists during story development – it automatically extracts story content to form search queries implemented in creative search algorithms that retrieve related content from trusted news and social media sources. The prototype manipulates this content to generate creativity prompts that are presented to the journalist in a document side bar during writing, to encourage and guide the journalist to explore new creative story angles.

Biography
Neil Maiden is Professor of Digital Creativity at the Cass Business School of City University London. where he leads its Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice. He is and has been a principal and co-investigator on numerous EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects with a total value of £3.5million. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, conferences and workshops proceedings. He was Program Chair for the 12th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering in Kyoto in 2004, and is Editor of the IEEE Software’s Requirements column from 2005-2013. His details are available here.

Funded by Google
The project Maiden will talk about at the seminar received funds from the Google Computational Journalism Research Awards launch in 2015. The title of the project is «Computational Support for Creative Story Development by Journalists», and it is conducted with George Brock, Professor of Journalism, City University London. See here.

Venue

Rom 548, 5. etg, Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap, Det Samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet
Fosswinckels gate 6
Bergen, 5007 Norge
Website:
http://www.uib.no/svf

Organizer

TekLab
Email:
aleksander.tonheim@uib.no
Website:
teklab.uib.no