Pamplona, September 22-24, 2021

"Harnessing Data and Technology for Journalism"

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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.

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Local Organizing Committee

Ramón Salaverría, Full Professor (chair), Universidad de Navarra

Charo Sádaba, Associate Professor, Universidad de Navarra



School of Communication

31008 Pamplona, España

+34 948 42 56 17

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Wednesday, 22 September

10:15 - 10:30 Welcoming words 

10:30 – 11:30 Keynote #1. Lucy Küng (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University). "Coming out of Covid - Emerging Priorities for the Media Industry." 
Moderator: Charo Sádaba.

11:30 - 11:45 Break

11:45 – 13:15 Round table #1. Business transformations in the media. Mark Little (Kinzen), Alison Gow (Reach), Susan Daly (The &

13:15 - 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00 Papers presentation panel 1 (parallel session)

14:30 – 16:00 Papers presentation panel 2 (parallel session)

16:00 - 16:15 Break

16:15 – 17:15 Keynote #2. Alfred Hermida. "How innovation in the media structures the development of journalism." Moderator: Jane Suiter



Thursday, 23 September

10:00 – 11:30 Papers presentation panel 3 (parallel session

10:00 – 11:30 Papers presentation panel 4 (parallel session)

11:30 - 11:45 Break

11:45 – 13:15 Papers presentation panel 5

13:15 - 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 15:30 Round Table #2. Presentation of the book Journalism, data and technology in Latin America, co-authored by JOLT project members.

15:30 - 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:30 Round Table #3. Technology Trends in Media Sector. Mariana Afonso (Netflix), Alessandro Piscopo (BBC) & Ivan Zupancic(Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI). Moderator: Marta Mrak (BBC).

17:30 – 18:30 Researcher’s Career Path: Challenges and Opportunities. Moderator: Marta Mrak (BBC).


Friday, 24 September

10:30 – 11:30 Keynote #3. Oscar Westlund (Oslo Metropolitan University). "Publishers & platforms: The past, the present, and a call for future research." Moderator: Ramón Salaverría

11:30 – 11:45 Conference closing remarks

11:45 - 12:00 Break

12:00 – 12:45 JOLT wrap-up session: Future avenues for ESRs. Jane Suiter (Dublin City University), Andreas Veglis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) & Eileen Culloty (Dublin City University)