The first keynote speakers for SciCAR 2019 have been announced:
Jonathan Stray is a computational journalist at Columbia university, where he teaches the dual masters degree in computer science and journalism and leads the development of Workbench, an integrated tool for data journalism without coding. He’s contributed to The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Foreign Policy and ProPublica. He was formerly the Interactive Technology Editor at the Associated Press, a freelance reporter in Hong Kong, and a graphics algorithm designer for Adobe Systems.
José van Dijck is a distinguished university professor at the Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Her academic discipline is media studies and her field of interest is the ‘digital society.’ She received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego, (USA) in 1992. Her work covers a wide range of topics in media theory, media and communication technologies, social media, and digital culture. From 2015-2018, she was the president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also a visiting professor at MIT (Boston), the Annenberg School of Communication (Univ of Pennsylvania) and University of Technology Sydney (AUS).
Van Dijck is the author of ten (co-)authored and (co-)edited books and over one hundred journal articles and book chapters. Van Dijck’s book The Culture of Connectivity. A Critical History of Social Media (Oxford UP, 2013) was distributed worldwide and was translated into Spanish, Chinese and Farsi. Her latest book (co-authored by Thomas Poell and Martijn de Waal) is titled The Platform Society. Public values in a connective world (Oxford University Press, 2018) and is translated in Italian.
Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol with an interest in computational modeling. He tries to understand how the mind works by writing computer simulations of our memory and decision-making processes. Recently, he is interested in how people update their memories if things they believe turn out to be false. This has led him to examine the persistence of misinformation in society, and how myths and misinformation can spread. Stephan is interested in the variables that determine whether or not people accept scientific evidence, for example surrounding vaccinations or climate science.
Paul Bradshaw runs the MA in Data Journalism and the MA Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University, and also works as a consulting data journalist with the BBC England Data Unit. A journalist, writer and trainer, he has worked with news organisations including The Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror, Der Tagesspiegel and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and his awards include the CNN MultiChoice Award for an investigation into people trafficking in football. He publishes the Online Journalism Blog, is the co-founder of the award-winning investigative journalism network HelpMeInvestigate.com, and has been listed on both Journalism.co.uk's list of leading innovators in media, and the US Poynter Institute's list of the 35 most influential people in social media.
His books include Scraping for Journalists, Finding Stories in Spreadsheets, the Data Journalism Heist, Snapchat for Journalists, the Online Journalism Handbook and most recently Mobile-First Journalism with Steve Hill. He can be found on Twitter @paulbradshaw.