I was one of the keynote speakers at the JOLT-CICOM 2021 conference:, Harnessing Data and Technology for Journalism, held virtually at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, on 22-24 September, 2021.
The other keynote speakers were Lucy Küng, professor, author and Google Digital News Senior Fellow at Reuters Institute, and Oscar Westlund, professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University and editor-in-chief of Digital Journalism.
My keynote on September 22 was called “Startups and the infrastructures for journalism in 21st century.” It drew on my research with Mary Lynn Young on digital-born news organizations in Canada, funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant.
The talk explored the novel capacities being created by news startups, considering how are they contributing to the essential, underlying structures of media in order for journalism to function and thrive.
The JOLT project aims to harness digital and data technologies for journalism by providing a framework for the training and career development of 15 Early Stage Researchers.
The conference was in partnership with the International Communication Conference (Congreso Internacional de Comunicación, CICOM). Founded in 1986, it is the oldest academic conference held in Spain about media and communication research, and organized annually by the School of Communication at the University of Navarra.