AI, Jounalism & Democracy : Exploring the Normative Dimension


AI plays an increasingly important role on many levels in the process of making and distributing news : from smart tools that assist journalists in producing their stories to the fully automated production of news stories, and from audience profiling that informs editorial board decisions to the AI-driven recommendation of which contents and users to match. As such, AI-driven tools (defined here as “computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence”) are more than simple tools. They are part of a more structural transformation of what it means to make news, and to engage with the audience. […]

The call for paper is open for a special issue of the journal Digital Journalism, directed by Natali Helberger, Judith Moeller and Sarah Eskens. Proposals should include an abstract of 500 words (not including references) as well as a full list of author(s) with affiliation(s) and abbreviated bio(s). Please submit your proposal as one file (PDF) with your names clearly stated on the first page. Send your proposal to Natali Helberger ( no later than December 3, 2020. Article submissions should target a length of 7,000-9,000 words. Accepted articles are published as OnlineFirst continuously, and approximately 4-6 weeks after acceptance. The special issue will be published once all articles are out and the guest editor’s introduction is completed.

Abstract submission deadline : December 3, 2020.

Notification on submitted abstracts : December 22, 2020.

Article submission deadline : May 3, 2021.

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