21 November, 19.00 – 23:00 / Tilburg Lochal & Seats 2 Meet
Where Media, Minds & Technology MeetAbout Tickets sold out!
Journalisms’ obsessive pursuit of technology could result in innovation fatigue. That is the conclusion of the Reuters report Time to step away from the ‘bright, shiny things’.
How can journalism change from being technology-led to being audience-focused and technology-empowered? With that question in mind, the conference Beyond Media will showcase and question current innovations in journalism, aiming to turn innovation fatigue into a revitalized excitement
Register ASAP as seats are limited!
Costs: € 25
Make sure you register for the plenary program and choose one of the workshop sessions you would like to attend.
Note: this conference will be in English.
The conference will take place at Seats2Meet in the Lochal (the brand new, stunning public library) in Tilburg.
Address: Burg. Brokxlaan 1000 TILBURG
The location is a stone’s throw – 2 minutes walking distance – from the centrally located Tilburg Station.
The conference is spearheaded by Fontys School of Journalism as part of the Mindlabs consortium. Mindlabs is a collaborative initiative between Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Journalism), intermediate vocational education (ROC Tilburg), media and publishing company De Persgroep, the municipal government of the city of Tilburg (Gemeente Tilburg), the provincial government of Noord-Brabant, and Tilburg University (Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence). Mindlabs operates in the domain of interactive technologies and behavior. It investigates human minds, artificial minds, and pushes for an innovative mindset.
Furthermore Stuyveling Open Data awards and Open State Foundation are partnered in this conference.
Chairman: Bart Brouwers, journalism and media studies at University of Groningen, founder of media outlet Innovations Origins (IO) member of advisory board of Fontys School of Journalism.
Merlijn Twaalfhoven, composer and artistic entrepreneur connects artists and change makers to places, organizations, and people whoare working towards a sustainable world.
As a composer, Merlijn creates music in conflict areas, refugee camps, and otherunusual places. He received a UNESCO award and works with the Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic. To encourage a turn towards a sustainable future, he founded The Turn Club; a lab for arts in society.
We will kick off this event with a motivational speech by Oscar Kneppers, a successful entrepreneur and a celebrated internet publisher – launching several cross-media brands since 1998 focused on new media, innovation and technology. After selling his media businesses (Emerce in 2001 and Bright in 2008) Oscar founded Rockstart in 2011. Rockstart, ‘The Global Startup Machine’, helps startups be more successful in their first 1 000 days through funding and mentorship.
The research project, The Automated Newsroom, is one of the pioneers in robot journalism in the Netherlands. The past four years, researchers Tilburg University and Fontys University of Applied Sciences worked together with business partners De Persgroep Dutch Association of Investigative Journalists and the publishers’ association NDP Nieuwsmedia to seek out new possibilities of natural language generation. The research resulted in PASS (Personalized Automated Soccer System) that automatically generates soccer-related news stories.
Prof. Dr. Emiel Krahmer is a full professor in the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. In his research, he studies how people communicate with each other, how computers can be taught to do the same, and to improve communication between humans and machines. The communication technologies he and his team develop have applications in, for example, media (automatic generation of news reports), health (data-driven treatment decision aids), and education (social robots teaching children a second language).”
Jorge Alves Lino is heading the professorship in Media, Interaction and Storytelling at Fontys and is leader of the interfaculty research theme (team?) Creative Economy. He leads several projects in the field of design for transformative practices, the post-digital condition, museums and creative societies, automated journalism, and responsive environments.
Hille van der Kaa works on projects in the field of Digital Service Journalism, Robot / Automated Journalism & editorial partnerships.
As editor in chief of BN De Stem, she has been in charge of transforming the traditional newsroom into a digital orientated, future proof journalistic organization over the past four years.
Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigation to probe a variety of subjects – from Mexican drug lords and crimes against humanity, to tracking the use of chemical weapons and conflicts worldwide. With staff and contributors in more than twenty countries around the world, Bellingcat operates in a unique field where advanced technology, forensic research, journalism, investigations, transparency and accountability come together.
On the 21st of November, Bellingcat will launch its Dutch headquarters. We will do a live meet & greet to give a warm welcome to the Bellingcat community!
We need to transform the way we work by leveraging digital technologies to deal with the complex challenges in the media industry. How can we apply new meaningful services to an audience that is already suffering from information overload? How can we turn new ways of storytelling into a profitable business model? How can startups in journalism reach out for venture capitalist to become important scale ups?
After that Bart van Teeffelen, innovation manager at Fontys school of journalism and founder of Broeinest, an accelerator program within the journalism school, together with Raoul Boers, innovation manager at Hogeschool Zuyd and programme manager of Media Valley, accelerator for media startups in Limburg, will share some lessons learned over the past two years.
Peter Smet is innovation manager at the Dutch Journalism Fund. He runs the Accelerator, a funding program for innovation in journalism. Search-ups, start-ups, and scale-ups (both external and corporate) work towards thriving business models for their new initiatives. With the Accelerator as succesful launching pad, Smet is now working on a sustainable innovative ecosystem for journalism.
This session will be moderated by Nancy de Goey, project manager and teacher at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, specialized in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. As a former business development manager at DPN Media, she launched several online and offline platforms, on a national as well on regional/hyperlocal level.
What if we would inject people with the ‘fake virus’, so they could start to create anti-viruses and become more resilient to fake news? With this bold idea in mind, DROG started with a workshop program in which participants are asked to create fakes two years ago.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have been looking into the weaponizing strategies from DROG and came to understand this approach is sensible; DROG’s methodology has a high efficacy. After all, people who know how to produce fakes can more easily spot fictitious news and are less vulnerable toit.
During this session we will discuss this strategy with Sander Hermsen, senior researcher at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht; his work focuses on evaluating designs for behavioral change and increasing their efficacy, as well as on developing models and toolkits that make insights from the behavioral sciences available to designers.
Marije Arentze, project lead media literacy and education at DROG and Elke Smelt, strategic project manager of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid).
The session will be moderated by Malou Willemars.
Only recently more and more media outlets have started to understand they should open up to their audiences. For instance, Reid Hoffman, co-founder MIT knowledge Future Lab, once stated: “It is imperative that we must move quickly toward a more open system of knowledge creation and sharing.”
Yet, how can we meaningfully engage users in the journalistic process? What would audiences like to get in return for their contributions? How can we make user-centered journalism sustainable? How can we use emerging technologies to make smarter connections between outlets and their users?
Arne van der Wal, founder of Follow the Money
With two friends, Arne in 2010 started Follow the Money (FTM), an internet-based platform for investigative journalism. A few years ago, he developed an innovative method of using participation of the public for serious journalism and introduced a network database on the site.
In 2016, after experimenting with (and failing at) several business models, FTM started an advertising-free membership model. The start was troublesome, but FTM now has around 13000 members and is continuing to grow. Follow the Money now is a respected publication in the Netherlands, known for its independent and revealing journalism. FTM uses unconventional methods in distributing and promoting its investigative journalism.
Ruben Brave, Make Media Great Again (MMGA)
Ruben Brave has been a key figure in directing the focus of multiple organizations towards the internet, open source technologies, and their integration. Allfrom the adamant perspective of usability for end-users and strategic advantages for shareholders.
Last year Ruben started Make Media Great Again to improve the quality of media together with their pool of knowledgeable readers, viewers and listeners. MMGA built a transparent system for actionable suggestions and specific remarks from this community pool.
MMGA’s systemis tested with a group of critical readers (‘annotators’) from www.NU.nl who offer suggestions to increase the journalistic quality via a balanced use of sources and a clearer transfer of information.
Martijn Rademakers, Journalist Navigator
With Journalist Navigator Foundation Journallab&ID FUSE developed a ‘smart address book’ that, as a plugin in a text editor, links journalists to experts during the compiling process of an article. Utilizing a smart algorithm, the tool navigates academic databases to find relevant experts. As the tool is searching for keywords in academic papers, it also traces‘unusual suspects’: academics with a very specific expertise in a certain disciple, instead of the highest-ranked experts in a common search engine.
With the navigator tool, Journallab & ID Fuse aim to link experts to journalist.
Moderator Harmen Groenhart.
Understanding the interaction between data collection, algorithmic analysisand the production of knowledge is one of the biggest challenges of our time. However, the public – in the widest sense, do not understand how algorithms work. Now that we are confronted with alarming consequences of our algorithm culture– e.g. data being used as weapons (O Neil, 2016), platform mechanisms redirectingour behavior, smart algorithms mediating how information is accessed (filter bubbles) – it is high time to instigate a wider public debate on our preferred algorithmic futures.
We think journalist have a key role to play in this, applying key journalistic roles as information provider, watchdog, and instigator of debates. Based on our research: Smart Thorn in the Digital Side we also came to understand journalist’s need to not only attain more digital literacy but also need to focus on the ethical side of our algorithm culture. The general public does not have the tools to hold algorithms accountable. Smart journalist can!
Gerard Schouten is a professor at the School of ICT, Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He holds a Master’s degree in physics from the Technical University of Eindhoven and has a Ph.D. in the field of cognitive science. He is a self-made deep learning and machine learning practitioner and is experienced in large-scale software projects in the healthcare industry. Currently, he leads a new educational program on applied data science at Fontys. His research interests cover a wide array of topics in the field of AI and Big Data.
Rens van der Vorst is Head of IT Innovation at Fontys University and is a techno-philosopher. It is his ambition in life to make people more aware of their relationship with technology. Rens is the driving force behind the popular platform technofilosofie.com. He organizes masterclasses for teachers, public organizations and companies, publishes essays and articles, and is author of the bestselling ‘Appen is het Nieuwe Roken’. He gives a lot of presentations to students, but also to companies, parents, children, to peers at conferences, and other interested parties. He is currently working on his new book: Why are There Only Ugly Women on Tinder?
Jo-An Kamp is a lecturer ICT and Media Design at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Besides that she is the coordinator of the so called ‘Partners in Education’ program, where commercial parties are partnering with Fontys ICT in providing innovative, inspiring, and meaningful education for ICT(IT) students. She is also involved in two research groups: one called techno-philosophy, aimed at letting students think critically about new technologies and their potential impact on humanity. She is also participating in a research project called ‘Smart Thorn in the Digital Side’, providing tools to journalists so they can be critical thorns in technological program with a high assumed impact on society – like smart cities.
Moderator Leon Heuts, philosopher, trained journalist and chief editor of NEMO Kennislink. Heuts has been the principal researcher in the Smart Thorn project combining insights from big data science & humanities.
Did you know that 70 likes is enough to know more about how you behave than your friends do? That 70 likes is enough to know your sexual orientation? And 300 likes to know you better than your own partner does?
With every action you do on social media, you leave a digital data trail behind. When this digital trail is combined with psychological insights, a very accurate digital caricature can be created. Recent events show this is not only used to make your online experience more personalized, but also used against your own interest. Cambridge Analytica, for example, was able to manipulate political opinions with highly targeted precision.
So what can you do? Quit all your online activity? Or what if you would get to know yourself so well, that you can no longer be manipulated… The latter, friend and follower, is the service that The Social Sorting Experiment provides. You will be measured and judged on the data trail you leave behind during the show. Just as you would on the real platforms. Experience how your data is used in unexpected ways in this absurdist, serious and fun interactive performance where you and your smartphone become the main star of the show. You will experience the mysterious algorithmic rituals under the hood of social media and at the same time might make a couple of good old analog friends.
The Smartphone Orchestra is an orchestra created by the smartphones from the audience. Imagine shimmering musical sound fields in a concert hall, mass choreographies at festivals, unprecedented audience participation in theatre shows and spontaneous flash mobs at parties or demonstrations. The Smartphone Orchestra opens up numerous possibilities to share experiences with large audiences. Making the audience the star of the show runs like a red thread through the veins of the award-winning team of creatives, developers and sound engineers behind the Smartphone Orchestra.
This parallel session centers around the future of the economy in the municipality of Tilburg. What do new technologies such as artificial intelligence and smart services mean to the citizens and government? What growth opportunities does that offer entrepreneurs? And why is the Spoorzone the ideal location to experiment with these developments?
This session is private and will be held in Dutch.
Tickets for this session will come online after 13 November.
Data is everywhere in everyday life. Although data usage comes with challenges, there is no doubt possibilities are endless. Open data offers great opportunities to contribute to a more efficient, fair, equal and creative world. The SODA awards aim to praise innovative use of data and rewards the winner with an amount of 20.000 euro.
The SODA awards are named after Saskia Stuiveling, former president of the Dutch Court of Audit. In her work, Saskia Stuiveling strongly emphasized the possibilities of open data. She strived for more open data within her own organization and due to that effort she increased awareness about open data among Dutch Government in general. Saskia Stuiveling died in 2017, but the Stuiveling Open Data Awards (SODA) continue her advocacy on the importance of open data.
This year three SODA finalist are selected and will present their open data application.
This session will be in Dutch only.
Nabeelah Shabbir, co-author of the recent Reuters Institute report What if Scale Breaks Community? Rebooting Audience Engagement When Journalism is Under Fire and Conversation Editor for The Correspondent (the newly launched English language version of De Correspondent) will speak about innovative and experimental responses to audience engagement.
Open data is everywhere. Based on data, we can navigate through traffic, consult weather reports or find the best place to eat. We use open data without even knowing it. How can we stimulate a more open use of open data? That is the aim of the Stuiveling Open Data Award (SODA).
Arno Visser (President Dutch Court of Audit) will give an introduction about the meaning and power of open data. Marleen Stikker (Waag Society) will stress the importance of transparency. After that, journalist Wilma Haan will announce the winner of the SODA Awards Ceremony.
After that the awards will be handed out.