Pre-ISOJ Conference:



April 12, 2018

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This is a special event for ISOJ participants that will feature talks from the winners of a Knight Prototype Fund Challenge that distributed $1 million for the development of 20 projects to improve the flow of accurate information.

Venue: Belo Center for New Media (300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin TX 78712)

Registration for this event is full.

Schedule (all times are U.S. Central):

8:00-9:00 a.m.   — Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:15  a.m.   — Welcoming Remarks

9:15-9:45 a.m.    — Joan Donovan, Data & Society

9:45-11:00 a.m.  — Prototype Showcase: Strengthening Communities

  • Darryl Holliday, Documenters Project
    • Strengthening local media coverage and building trust in journalism by creating an online network of citizen “documenters” who receive training in the use of journalistic ethics and tools, attend public civic events and produce short summaries that are posted online as a public resource.
  • Randall Depew, KQED Learn
    • Encouraging young people to ask critical questions that deepen learning and improve media literacy through KQED Learn, a free online platform for students and teachers that reveals ways to ask good questions, investigate answers and share conclusions.
  • Ronny Rojas, Immigration Lab
    • Engaging undocumented immigrants on issues that affect their lives by creating a reliable news resource to help them access and gather information. The project team will do on-the-ground research in communities with a high percentage of undocumented immigrants and learn about their media literacy skills, news consumption habits and needs, and trusted information sources.
  • Samantha Oakley, Media Literacy @ Your Library
    • Developing an adult media literacy program in five public libraries, including a series of online learning sessions, resources and an in-person workshop to train library workers to help patrons become more informed media consumers.
  • Joel Breakstone, Putting Civic Online Reasoning in Civics Class
    • Creating professional development resources for teachers to become better consumers of digital content, in addition to classroom-ready materials that they can use to help students find and assess information online.
  • Jevin West, Calling Bullshit in the Age of Fake News
    • Developing a curriculum and set of tools to teach students and the public to better assess quantitative information and combat misinformation, with a particular emphasis on data, visualizations and statistics.
  • Hamdan Azhar, News Inequality Project
    • Developing a web-based analytics dashboard to help media organizations and community organizers understand how – and how often – different communities are covered in news outlets over time.

11:00-11:15 a.m.  — Break

11:15-11:40 a.m.  — Mark Stencel, Duke University Reporter’s Lab

11:40 a.m-noon  —  Patrick Butler, ICFJ’s TruthBuzz

Noon-1:00 p.m.  — Break for lunch

1:00-2:30 p.m.   — Prototype Showcase: Battling Misinformation

  • Giovanni Luca Campaglia, Hoaxy Botometer
    • Developing a tool to uncover attempts to use Internet bots to boost the spread of misinformation and shape public opinion. The tool aims to reveal how this information is generated and broadcasted, how it becomes viral, its overall reach and how it competes with accurate information for placement on user feeds.
  • Delip Rao, Who Said What
    • Helping people more easily fact-check audio and video news clips with a search tool that annotates millions of these clips and allows users to explore both what is said and the identity of the speaker.
  • Caroline Sinders, Viz Lab
    • Developing a dashboard to track and visualize images and ‘memes,’ as common sources of fake news, to enable journalists and researchers to more easily understand the origins of the image, its promoters and where it might have been altered and then redistributed.
  • Danny Rogers,
    • Helping to curb the financial incentives of creating misleading content with automatically-updated lists of “fake news” websites and easy-to-deploy tools that allow ad buyers to block, in bulk, the domains where misinformation is propagated.
  • Dylan Travis Walker, Social Media Interventions
    • Experimenting with the effectiveness of combating the spread of misinformation through real-time online interventions, such as direct messages to users who post or share false information.
  • Cameron Hickey,
    • Developing a tool that combines online news content with engagement data from social media and other sources to help journalists and others better understand the scale, scope and shape of the misinformation problem. The tool will enable content analysis by gathering data about what is being written, by whom, where it is distributed, and the size of the audience consuming it.
  • Megan Mermis, ChartCheck
    • Addressing the spread of misinformation through charts, graphs and data visualizations by fact-checking these resources and publishing results. The team will also build tools to evaluate the spread of these charts on social media and the Internet.

2:30-3:00 p.m.  — Talia Stroud, University of Texas’ Center for Media Engagement

3:00-3:15 p.m.   — Break

3:15-4:30 p.m.   — Prototype Showcase: Elevating Accurate Information

  • Aaron Sharockman, Facts Matter
    • Helping to improve trust in fact-checking, particularly among people who identify as conservative, through experiments including in-person events; a mobile-game that tracks misconceptions about specific facts; diverse commentators who would assess fact-checking reports; and a study of the language used in these reports to determine their effect on perceptions of trustworthiness.
  • Krishna Kaliannan & Erika Check Hayden, Breaking Filter Bubbles in Science Journalism
    • Producing visually-engaging science journalism around topics such as climate change and genetics, to determine whether content delivered by a trusted messenger in a culturally-relevant context has greater reach. The articles will be tested through the digital platform, which distributes curated content to users across ideological divides.
  • Lisa Fazio, Crosscheck
    • Using design features to make correct news more memorable, so that people can recall it more easily when faced with false information, using a platform initially developed in France to address misinformation around the country’s election.
  • Frederic Filloux,
    • Creating a tool to surface quality journalism from the web, at scale and in real-time, through algorithms and machine learning. The tool will evaluate and score content on criteria ranging from the notoriety of authors and publishers to an analysis of various components of the story structure.
  • Daniel Schultz, Glorious ContextuBot
    • Helping people become better consumers of online audio and video content through a tool that provides the original source of individual clips and identifies who else has discussed it on the news.
  • Dan Froomkin, Credibility Coalition
    • Creating a clear, standardized framework to define the credibility of a piece of content, how conclusions about its credibility were reached, and how to communicate that information effectively.

4:30-5:00 p.m.   — Closing remarks & opportunity to mingle

5:30-7:00 p.m.   — ISOJ Happy Hour @ The Local Pub & Patio (2610 Guadalupe St.)