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[Commlist] Postdoc on AI and Local Journalism

Mon Mar 16 11:43:14 GMT 2020

tl; dr: postdoc (1yr) on AI and local journalism -->

We are looking to hire a postdoc to harness the possibilities afforded by AI to help local journalism cope with the challenges journalism is going through (i.e., decline of trust in institutional journalism, the competitive pressure of free online news, and the emergence of decentralized gate-keeping through social media and news aggregators), while taking the journalistic norms and values that are central to its role in democratic societies as a central design principle.

The project is an interdisciplinary, international cooperation between Neil Thurman (LMU Munich), a renowned expert on the adoption and implications of computational journalism; Helle Sjovaag (U of Stavanger), an expert on journalism and the media industry; Natali Helberger (U of Amsterdam) an expert on media law and value sensitive design; Mario Haim (U of Leipzig), an expert in communication science and computational journalism; Antske Fokkens (VU Amsterdam), an associate professor of computational linguistics; and Wouter van Atteveldt (VU Amsterdam), an associate professor of communication science and computational communication science.

Together with this team of PIs, the tasks of the postdoc will be to:
- Help identify the most promising applications of AI in the local journalistic process, in cooperation with a local journalism organization.
- Map the use of AI in journalism, with a focus on local journalism.
- Help preparing a funding application.
- Help preparing a journal publication in a high ranking academic journal.

Depending on the successful candidate’s preference, the post can be based at: LMU Munich (with Neil Thurman), the University of Amsterdam (with Natali Helberger), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (with Wouter van Atteveldt), or Leipzig University (with Mario Haim).

The successful candidate will have:
- A degree and/or PhD in journalism, media studies, human-computer interaction, or other related discipline.
- Strong affinity with the subject matter.
- Some experience with ethnographic and qualitative research methods.
- Preferably: some experience of drafting funding applications.
- Good communication and writing skills.
- Good organization skills.
- Enthusiasm for, and ideally experience of, working in a highly interdisciplinary (computer science, journalism studies, communication science, and law) and international setting. - Fluency in English, and preferably another European language (German, Dutch, Norwegian).
- Ability to work independently and yet be a team player.
- Note: the position may involve travelling.

Full-time, fixed term (12 months) position based at LMU Munich, the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or Leipzig University. Starting October 2020. If based at LMU Munich or Leipzig University salary scale E 13 TV-L (€3837 - €5622 per month depending on experience). If based at the University of Amsterdam or Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam salary scale 10-11 (€2709 - €4911 depending on experience).

Your application (in English only) should include:
- a motivation letter (including whether you would want to be based at LMU Munich, the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or Leipzig University)
- your CV with publication list
- the names and contact details of two references
- copy of degree certificates
- transcript of grades

Please also include a link to sole or first authored publication/s and your Master’s or PhD thesis. Complete applications should be submitted as a single PDF document to: (ai-in-local-journalism /at/ <mailto:(ai-in-local-journalism /at/> by 15 May 2020.

Also see one of the "official" job ads:
- Leipzig: - Munich:

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