JOLT-CICOM 2021 Conference “Harnessing Data and Technology for Journalism” – Pamplona, 22-24 September, 2021 [hybrid]

JOLT-CICOM 2021 Conference “Harnessing Data and Technology for Journalism” – Pamplona, 22-24 September, 2021 [hybrid]

The Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network JOLT and the School of Communication at the University of Navarra call for the submission of abstracts for their joint JOLT – CICOM 2021 Conference: “Harnessing Data and Technology for Journalism”, to be held on a hybrid format in Pamplona, Spain, on 22-24 September, 2021.

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. JOLT addresses the global lack of a systematic, rigorous and innovative approach to digital and data journalism research and training by uniquely combining insights from computer science, data analytics, business, sociology, communication theory, journalism studies, and political science. 

Founded in 1986, the International Communication Conference (Congreso Internacional de Comunicación, CICOM) is the oldest academic conference held in Spain about media and communication research. Organised annually by the School of Communication at the University of Navarra, this event gathers international academics, media practitioners and researchers to discuss core issues in the field of Communication.

All participants will have the chance to present their accepted papers and panels. The organizers are monitoring the evolution of the pandemic and will inform in June as to whether the congress will take place in a blended mode (in person + online) or online only.

Keynote Speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Lucy Küng, professor, author and Google Digital News Senior Fellow at Reuters Institute.
  • Oscar Westlund, professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University and editor-in-chief of Digital Journalism.


Submissions on all aspects of technology and journalism are welcomed, but contributions addressing the theme of “harnessing digital and data technologies for journalism” are particularly encouraged. This includes, but is not limited to, papers addressing issues such as:​

  • Technological aspect of digital journalism:
    • Developments in artificial intelligence, Big Data, and algorithmic processing and what they mean for journalism.
    • Encouraging experimentation and innovation in journalistic practice.
    • Theoretical approaches that can help us understand technological changes in journalism practices.
  • Business and organisational aspects of digital journalism:
    • Promising avenues for journalism business models and financial sustainability.
    • Research agendas and theoretical approaches to understand the future of journalism.
  • Political, ethical, and social aspects of digital journalism:
    • Ethical challenges for reporting in the digital environment.
    • Industry and regulatory standards to ensure scrutiny, transparency and accountability.
    • Strengthening research-industry collaborations to support quality journalism.

Abstracts should be written in English and sent in .doc format, maximum 800 words (including bibliography) to Deadline: June 15th, 2021