The “News Quality in the Platform Era” workshop, convened by the Media & Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council and in collaboration with the NewsQ Initiative, will bring together social scientists and humanities scholars to present and receive feedback on research about the nature and quality of news. In particular, works of theoretical, conceptual, empirical, or applied research that suggests new approaches to—and actionable critiques of—algorithmic news dissemination are invited.
The workshop, co-chaired by Philip M. Napoli, professor at Duke University, and Regina Lawrence, professor at the University of Oregon, is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Social Science Research Council in New York City on Nov. 12-13, 2020. Accepted participants’ travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, workshops will include a range of synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for formative feedback, which hopefully will culminate in an in-person meeting in New York City in the fall but may be postponed until the spring. Despite the challenges of social distancing, the workshops will continue providing opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and exchange.
To apply, applicants should submit a current C.V., an abstract of up to 500 words, and a statement of up to 300 words outlining their interest in participating in the workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, June 15, 2020.
For more information: https://www.ssrc.org/programs/component/media-democracy/news-quality-in-the-platform-era/.