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Dubrovnik Media Days

12th DMD: “(UN)CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER - TERRORISM, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Istanbul are indicators that more and more terrorist attacks are happening in the West. According to the Institute for Economics and Peace (2016), there has been record global increase of 45 per cent in terrorism-related deaths in 2014. Although there is a greater risk of terrorist attacks in the Middle East than on West, Boko Haram and Isis were responsible for 51 per cent of all killings in 2014 (The Telegraph, 2016).

According to Brigitte L. Nacos (2002), mass media have central role in the terrorist scheme. Media are exploiting terrorism as infotainment for increasing ratings and circulation while on other side terrorist organizations need drama, tragedy and shock to spread their political message. Thanks to social media - shocking and frightening images are now reaching public directly and media have to use user-generated content in their reports.

The goal of the conference is to explore topics such as but not limited to:

Framing of terrorism in new media

Reporting about terrorism attacks

Use of user-generated content in reporting about terrorism attacks

Use of technology for disseminating ideas of terrorism and extremism?

Terrorist’s propaganda especially via social media & technology

Media representations of terrorism especially Islamic forms (ISIS)

Media representations of terrorist supporters especially young people

Media representations of government policies on terrorism

Government’s propaganda strategies for counter-terrorism

New trends and future of the field

Different theoretical and empirical scientific approaches are welcome.

Programme

Programme of 12th Dubrovnik Media Days

11th Dubrovnik Media Days: “Artificial Intelligence, Robots and Media

11th Dubrovnik Media Days: “Artificial Intelligence, Robots and Media

Extended Call for Papers[The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 15, 2015]Organizer: UNIVERSITY OF DUBROVNIK/DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCEOctober 30-31, 2015

Technology has always influenced journalism and media by reshaping news production process and changing the way journalists produce their work. Today, in the time of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Algorithms, the news production process could be completely automated especially in the area of newsgathering where computer algorithms (robot journalism) could generate news (and replace humans). As a result of these advances media companies are increasingly experimenting with algorithms, drones and other computer operated/powered devices in newsgathering, production of news and storytelling.  In line with new trends and ideas coming from Google News project, Associated Press and Automated Insights, drone reporting etc. a new set of ethical, quality and transparency questions arises. 

For example:

What are the ethics of the use of algorithms in  journalism?

Who is monitoring the computers?

Are journalists and media  industry ready for the future?

How does audience accept robot  journalism?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, issues surrounding  the following questions and cases:

•    Use of artificial intelligence/algorithms in news

•    Use of drones and other computer operated/powered devices in reporting

•    Ethical issues with robot and drone journalism

•    Questions of accuracy and transparency

•    Audience and robot reporting

•    Future plans for robot reporting about more challenging topics

•    Legal and copyright problems with algorithm reporting

•    Role of computer programmers in robot journalism

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Noam Lemelshtrich Latar, School of Communication, Israel

Christer Clerwall, Karlstad University, Sweden

James Kotecki, Automated Insights, USA

Different theoretical and empirical scientific approaches are welcome.


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