Interdisciplinary symposium "Social media: incubators of a renewed news media landscape?"

November 27, 2015 - Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven


Since the start of the digital revolution, the traditional news
media (e.g. newspapers, TV, etc.) has gradually lost importance. The
power of the so-called 'new media' has only become apparent with the
advent of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube,
which in addition to one-to-many communication, now also allows for
one-to-one and many-to-many modes of communication. The growth and
large coverage of these networks has made it possible for
individuals to create their own content, distribute it, and
collaborate with others. This has not only led to the fact that the
traditional media have lost their monopoly on news, but also that
they had to learn how to deal with a completely new and rapid flow
of information.

Currently, these changes also lead to a diverse set of questions in
a new interdisciplinary domain in the realm of digital humanities,
at the border of computer science, communication science and
linguistics. The key question that we will focus on during this
symposium, is how social media impacts the production and
distribution of news for the news producers, how it influences and
changes the preferences of users to consume news, and how all of
this affects the professional journalistic news media landscape.
This symposium is the closing event of an IdeaLab, funded by
Academische Stichting Leuven, in which a group of interdisciplinary
researchers gathered around the same set of questions.


13:30 - 14:00: Registration and coffee
14:00 - 14:20: Welcome and intro IdeaLabs
14:20 - 14:50: Analyzing Published and Consumed Digital and
Digitized News, Martijn Kleppe (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)
14:50 - 15:20: NewsReader: unfolding stories and perspectives in
large amounts of data, Antske Fokkens (VU University Amsterdam)
15:20 - 15:30: Break
15:30 - 16:00: Packing and Unpacking the Bag of Words: Introducing
a Toolkit for Inductive Automated Frame Analysis, Damian Trilling
(University of Amsterdam)
16:00 - 16:30: The ?Distance? of Negative Ties, Markus Gamper
(University of Cologne)
16:30 - 17:30: Panel discussion
17:30 - 17:45: Closing
17:45 - 19:00: Networking reception


Registration is free of charge, but mandatory. Please register via
the following form:

LOCATION: KU Leuven, Faculty of Social Sciences, Parkstraat 45,
3000 Leuven


Mathias Verbeke, Dept. of Computer Science (spokesman of the
Bettina Berendt, Dept. of Computer Science
Anna Berbers, Institute for Media Studies
David Reza Abadi, Institute for Media Studies
Roya Imani Giglou, Institute for Media Studies
Hanne Vandenberghe, Institute for Media Studies
Willem Joris, Institute for Media Studies
Leen d'Haenens, Institute for Media Studies
Micha?l Opghenhaffen, Institute for Media Studies
Kris Heylen, Faculty of Arts

MORE INFORMATION: please contact Mathias Verbeke

Friday, November 27, 2015 -
13:30 to 19:00