About "The Story and the Algorithm" | MIT Center for Civic Media

About "The Story and the Algorithm"

On June 17-19, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and MIT's Center for Civic Media will host the 2012 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference: "The Story and the Algorithm". The conference is the leading gathering of media innovators shaping the future of news and information, and winners of the first Knight News Challenge of 2012, on networks, will be announced during the conference.

The MIT Center for Civic Media was the Knight News Challenge's first large grant recipient, allowing the Center to partner with Knight Foundation in its core mission to foster informed and engaged communities.

Data, shared by governments, corporations, researchers, and increasingly by the public, is changing the ways we report and share news. We are developing new techniques to navigate this data and transform it into visualizations and insights that reveal unexpected truths about our society. But data alone isn't always enough to make complex issues understandable. As data proliferates, the ability to present a clear story becomes even more crucial. The future of news lies at the intersection of the story and the algorithm—the place where new data meets compelling narratives.

This year's MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference will explore the intersection between data and narrative, algorithms and stories. Speakers and panelists will discuss new ways to tell stories based on data, examine new platforms for reporting and sharing news; and discuss the limits of exclusive focus on either narrative or data alone in complex situations. Attendees will have many opportunities to participate, including a storytelling event where you will be invited to share your own unexpected discovery.