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NewsIR 2019 : 3rd International Workshop on Recent Trends in News Information Retrieval


When Jul 25, 2019 - Jul 25, 2019
Where Paris, France
Submission Deadline May 3, 2019
Notification Due May 31, 2019

Call For Papers


Collocated with SIGIR 2019 in Paris
Third International Workshop on Recent Trends in News Information Retrieval

Workshop Date: 25th July

Call for Papers

The journalism industry has undergone a revolution in the past decade, leading to new opportunities as well as challenges. News consumption, production and delivery have all been affected and transformed by technology. Readers require new mechanisms to cope with the vast volume of information in order to be informed. Reporters have begun to use natural language processing and information retrieval (IR) techniques (search engines, recommender systems, etc.) for investigative work. Publishers and aggregators are seeking new business models, and new ways to reach and retain their audience. A shift in business models has led to a gradual shift in styles of journalism in attempts to increase page views; and, far more concerning, to real mis- and dis-information. Social media platforms drive viewers in a heavily personalized manner, creating filter bubbles and an increasingly polarized readership.

The aforementioned opportunities and challenges have attracted much research recently in the IR and in many other communities, such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML). Building on the success of its two previous versions, the main goal of NewsIR’19 is to bring together experts from both the technology side (mainly experts in IR, NLP and ML), and the journalism side. The objective is to stimulate discussion around the current challenges in the journalism and news processing environment and to combine the expertise of these communities. NewsIR will be hosted as part of SIGIR, the biggest international conference on information retrieval - this year hosted in Paris.

We solicit submissions from both communities on the challenges identified above. As this is a workshop bringing together professionals from different domains, we welcome both, technical papers (4 pages) as well as demos and position papers (2 pages). Submissions for demos and position papers, especially from contributors in the journalism community, do not need to be technical in nature. They do need to explain the application area to an audience that is not specialised in journalistic methods, and highlight the potential of this area to be developed further by computational methods.

Topics of interest include - but are not limited to:

Investigative and Data Journalism
- NLP and IR in investigative reporting and journalism
- Story-telling with news data: What can we learn from ‘counting the news’?
- Conversational journalism and chat bots
- Mobile-first and journalism
- How can we visualise the big picture: Data visualization and story-telling

Fake News, Fact-checking and Controversy
- Credibility, controversy, propaganda, and fact-checking
- Bias and plurality in news
- Extraction and Summarization of opinion and angles in news
- Information silos and the effect of algorithms on news consumption
- News-related user-generated content (e.g. comments)
- Discourse analysis in modern news settings

Information within News Text
- Entity recognition and entity linking in news
- De-duplication and clustering of news articles
- Author identification and disambiguation
- Multiple document and temporal summarization
- Comparative studies of news coverage across languages
- Event and anomaly detection in the news

News Recommendation, social media and the filter bubble:
- News ranking and online learning-to-rank
- News recommendation and personalization
- The "filter bubble" and depersonalisation
- Evaluation of news retrieval systems
- Traditional and social media integration

Workshop structure

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their papers orally at the workshop and also to present them in an interactive poster session, designed to encourage greater discussion and engagement.
Submission Details

All papers should be formatted in the ACM SIG double-column style.
Suitable LaTeX and Word templates are available from the ACM Website link
Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the programme committee.
We will publish the papers as CEUR Workshop Proceedings.

Further information about the submission and on how to submit your paper can be found here:

Submission deadline: 03/05/2019 AOE
Notification of acceptance: 31/05/2019

If you have any further questions, you can reach out via email to

Ahmet Aker, University of Duisburg-Essen
Dyaa Albakour, Signal AI
Alberto Barrón-Cedeño, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Shiri Dori-Hacohen, AuCoDe
Miguel Martinez, Signal AI
Jonathan Stray, Columbia University
Sylvia Tippmann, Signal AI

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