Can Computational Journalism Help Our Grow Even Faster?

I will be on a Georgia Tech FutureMedia Fest panel entitled: Computational Journalism on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2011 . So you might be asking, what the heck is Computational Journalism. Here is Georgia Tech professor Irfan Essa‘s answer:

Computational Journalism is defined as the application of computation to the activities of journalism such as information gathering, organization, communication, and dissemination of information, while upholding values of journalism such as accuracy and verifiability.

I am publisher of our Center for Sustainable Journalism’s Juvenile Justice Information Exchange,
We are only folks covering juvenile justice with professional journalists everyday. People apparently like what we are doing because we have 31,000 unique visitors a month and about 2,000 page views a day. Still we think we are only scratching the surface of our full potential.

How can we use computational journalism or the very smart crowd at Georgia Tech to help us answer these questions?

Can computers reach out and pull in this kind of information for us as we just sit back and watch it happen:

  • Who is professionally covering juvenile justice?
  • Who is interested in juvenile justice?
  • Who is writing about it, producing content, but is not a professional?
  • Who is studying it?
  • Who is affected by it?
  • Who works in the juvenile justice space?
  • Who is simply interested in the topic?

Once we identify all those individuals in those groups how can we make them aware of what we are doing and bring all their energy, thought and production into the

Then how might we provide added value to them that they might support us financially?

Got any answers, let us know. Thanks.


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