Computational journalism

Computational Journalism can be defined as the application of information gathering, organization, sensemaking, communication and dissemination of news information, while upholding values ​​of journalism and accuracy and verifiability. [1] The field draws on technical aspects of computer science including artificial intelligence, content analysis (NLP, vision, hearing), visualization, personalization and recommender systems, and aspects of social computing and information science .

History of the Field

The field emerged at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006 where Professor Irfan Essa . [2] In February 2008 Georgia Tech Hosted a Symposium on Computing and Journalism which convened several hundred computing researchers in Atlanta, GA. In July 2009, The Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University hosted a workshop to push the field forward. [3]

Since 2012, Columbia Journalism School has offered a course called Frontiers of Computational Journalism for students enrolled in their dual degree in CS and journalism. The covers race Many computer science topics from the perspective of journalism, Including paper vector space representation , algorithmic and social story selection ( recommendation algorithms ), language topic model , visualization information , knowledge representation and reasoning , social network analysis , quantitative and qualitative inference , and information security . TeaKnight Foundation awarded $ 3,000,000 to Columbia University’s Tow Center to continue its computational journalism program.

Syracuse University launched in 2015 , with a mission of preparing students “to be able to write a report, to be able to work with big data sets and to compile and publish important stories that might be hidden in numbers.”

Stanford University launched a Computational Journalism Lab in 2015 , a titled race, Computational Journalism .

Computational Journalism conferences

In February 2013, the Georgia Institute of Technology held the Computational Journalism Symposium once again in Atlanta, GA.

In 2014 and 2015, Columbia University hosted the Computation + Journalism Symposium .

In 2016, Stanford University hosted the Computation + Journalism Symposium .

The Google News Lab has sponsored “Computational Journalism Research Awards” within the United States and Europe .

Related fields

  • Database journalism
  • Computer-assisted reporting
  • Data-driven journalism (extending the focus of data research to a workflow from data analysis to data visualization to storytelling based on the findings)


  • Columbia University Computational Journalism Course
  • DocumentCloud project
  • Computational + Journalism races at Georgia Tech
  • Jonathan Stray’s Computational Journalism Reading List by the Associated Press
  • Cultivating the Landscape of Innovation in Computational Journalism permanent dead link ]
  • Communications of the ACM , October 2011, “Computational Journalism”


  1. Jump up^ Nick DiakopoulosA functional roadmap for innovation in computational journalism
  2. Jump up^ “Archived copy” . Archived from the original on 2009-12-25 . Retrieved 2009-12-23 . 2008 Course Website
  3. Jump up^ James T. HamiltonAccountability Through Algorithm: Developing the Field of Computational ArchivalJournalism2012-03-07 at theWayback Machine.