Headed to Computational Journalism at Georgia Tech

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Computation+JournalismI'm headed to Journalism 3G: The Future of Technology in the Field February 22-23.

The spreadsheet, word processor, web browser, digital audio and video, blogs–each an example of the vaunted killer software application–have all become valuable, some would say essential, tools of journalism. Now Web 2.0 has forever altered the nature of software innovation, while at the very same time the news industry undergoes historic change. Those two points taken together mean one thing: Time lags which used to buffer innovations in computation from their inevitable impacts on newsrooms are poised to disappear. Who’s ready for this? We plan to see.

Some of the participating organizations include Digg, The New York Times, and Reuters with some really interesting-looking panels over the two days:

  • Advances in News Gathering
  • Improving Journalism Workflow: Automation & Productivity
  • Social Computing and Journalism
  • Ubiquitous Journalism
  • Participant Journalism & Journalism Participation: Authoring and Interacting in New Media
  • Sensemaking & Visualization
  • Information Mashups: Aggregation, Syndication, and Web Services
  • 21st Century Editor in Chief

Naturally, I'm most excited about Sensemaking & Visualization. Is anyone else planning on going?

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  • This should be interesting. That Chris Barr character from Yahoo! facisnates me … panelist for 21st Century Editor in Chief. This is the same guy that developed the RSS feed widget for CNN.com’s top stories, I think. I can’t imagine what a lecture like this would sound like.