The Third Nordic Data Journalism Conference

Call for papers

The call for papers submission deadline has been extended to Friday 15 January 2016.

Data journalism (also known as data-driven) and computational journalism have been developed in order to utilize the new opportunities created by large digital data sets, easy-to-use data tools, and programming skills.

The academic pre-conference of the Third Nordic Data Journalism Conference (NODA16) will be organized on April 21, 2016 in the University of Helsinki, Finland, in order to share and discuss the latest research results on computational journalism and innovations in journalism.

NODA16 brings together data journalists, investigative reporters, other media professionals, entrepreneurs, students and - academic researchers from April 22 to 23 2016 to Helsinki.

The first academic papers on computational and data journalism were published some five years ago. So far, data journalism research has focused on mapping basic work routines of leading data desks in Anglo-American newsrooms and some country specific case studies like in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belgium. This could be defined as the first wave of data journalism research.

For creating the next wave of more collaborative and nuanced data journalism research, the organizers of the academic pre-conference of NODA16 is calling for academic papers focused on but not limited to, the following themes and questions:

  • Mobile data journalism
  • Data journalism in smaller newsrooms
  • Data journalism ethics
  • Theories and models of data journalism
  • Data journalism research methods
  • Data journalism education
  • Data journalism and security
  • Data communication
  • Robot journalism
  • Drone journalism

The best papers will be published in a special edition of The Journal of Media Innovations.

In addition to paper sessions, the organizing committee reserves some time slots for special workshops in order to draft new joint research proposals on data journalism and communication.

There will be also a keynote talk by professor Paul Bradshaw, Birmingham City University about Data and power.

Closed for submissions

All extended abstracts will initially be reviewed by the scientific committee and subsequently evaluated by anonymous reviewers. Accepted extended abstracts will be invited for presentation at the conference.

Submitted papers

Authors will receive evaluation (acceptance or rejection) of papers no later than January 29th, 2016. Only one submission per author is allowed.

Contact: turo.i.uskali at

Scientific Committee Members

Chair: Senior Research Scholar, Docent Turo Uskali, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Vice chair: Senior Lecturer, Ester Appelgren, Södertörns Högskola, Sweden

Professor Astrid Gynnild, University of Bergen, Norway

Professor Ari Heinonen, University of Tampere, Finland

Professor Epp Lauk, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Associate Professor Kirsten Mogensen, Roskilde University, Denmark

University lecturer Carl-Gustav Lindén, Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan, University of Helsinki, Finland