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WHAT DO AUDIENCES WANT FROM ONLINE NEWS VIDEO, AND CAN AUTOMATION HELP DELIVER?

3 December 2020

Virtual Conference
A LMU Munich & New York University Cooperation

Information

The use of automation in journalism is encroaching more and more on what many would consider to be journalists’ core professional roles, such as the identification of story leads, verification, and decisions about which stories are shown, and with what prominence. Automation has also started to play a role in the creation of news texts, initially by helping to generate natural language—the written word—but now also in the production of news videos.


The proportion of consumers who watch online news videos each week has increased substantially—from 24% in 2016 to 67% in 2020 (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism / Digital News Report 2020). Over the same period, there has been an increase in the use of automation in news video production. This online event brings together researchers, technology-providers, and publishers to explore what audiences want from online news video, and whether automation can help deliver.


This event is part of a collaboration between Neil Thurman (LMU Munich) and Meredith Broussard (NYU), funded by the LMU-NYU Research Cooperation Program.

Programme

3 December 2020

EST1 GMT2 CET3
08:30 13:30 14:30 Registration
09:00 14:00 15:00 Session 1: What audiences want from online news videos 
Chair’s opening remarks
Florian Stalph, LMU Munich
09:05 14:05 15:05 Michael Koliska (Georgetown University) will present, for the first time, the results of an in-depth interview study with a range of online news consumers. The results reveal what matters to consumers about online news videos, ranging from balance and bias to the presence of music and moving images. 
09:30 14:30 15:30 Roundtable discussion
Irene Costera Meijer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and University of Bergen
Kim Christian Schrøder, Roskilde University, Denmark
Joe Pickover, Head of Video, PA Media
Mathias Stamm, Head of Programs, Deutsche Welle; and visiting lecturer, German School of Journalism  (DJS) 
10:00 15:00 16:00 Questions and comments from the floor
10:20 15:20 16:20 Chair’s closing remarks
Florian Stalph, LMU Munich
10:25 15:25 16:25 Break
10:40 15:40 16:40 Session 2: How news video automation works and audiences react 
Chair’s opening remarks
Nicholas Diakopoulos, Director Computational Journalism Lab, Northwestern University
10:45 15:45 16:45 Neil Thurman (LMU Munich, and City, University of London) will give an overview of automated news production (with a focus on news video) and discuss what’s known about how audiences react.
11:05 16:05 17:05 Sally Stares (City, University of London) will share, for the first time, the results of a survey experiment designed to find out how audiences rate automated news videos against human-made equivalents, and why. The survey experiment is the largest ever carried out, involving a representative sample of 4,200 online news consumers.  
11:20 16:20 17:20 Michael Koliska (Georgetown University) discuss, briefly, whether in depth interviews with news consumers paint a different picture of their liking for automated news videos.  
11:25 16:25 17:25 Roundtable discussion
Richard Canham, Deputy Head of Video at PA Media
Tom Powell, TNO, Amsterdam
Zohar Dayan, CEO & Co-Founder, Wibbitz
Marco Viganò, Digital Chief Technology Officer, Condé Nast Italy
11:40 16:40 17:40 Questions and comments from the floor
11:55 16:55 17:55 Chair’s closing remarks
Nicholas Diakopoulos, Director Computational Journalism Lab, Northwestern University 
12:00 17:00 18:00 End
1 Eastern Standard Time. 2 Greenwich Mean Time. 3 Central European Time.

Speakers

The virtual conference features international experts in the fields of automated journalism, news video, and the audiences for news.

Irene Costera Meijer

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and University of Bergen

Sally Stares

City, University of London

Richard Canham

Deputy Head of Video at PA Media

Zohar Dayan

CEO & Co-Founder, Wibbitz

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Director Computational Journalism Lab, Northwestern University

Michael Koliska

Georgetown University

Joe Pickover

Head of Video, PA Media

Tom Powell

TNO, Amsterdam

Kim Christian Schrøder

Roskilde University, Denmark

Mathias Stamm

Head of Programs, Deutsche Welle

Neil Thurman

LMU Munich, and City, University of London

Marco Viganò

Digital Chief Technology Officer, Condé Nast Italy

Registration

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Organising Team & Support

Should you have any questions or need technical assisstance, you can contact us anytime.

Sina Thäsler-Kordonouri

sina.thaesler-kordonouri@ifkw.lmu.de

Florian Stalph

florian.stalph@ifkw.lmu.de

Bartosz Wilczek

bartosz.wilczek@ifkw.lmu.de