Study Tour Schedule

Sunday 7 December - Chicago

Arrival at the Whitehall Hotel, an historical Chicago hotel

Address: 105 E Delaware Place, Chicago

Appointment at 6:45pm in the lobby of the hotel. We will walk to the restaurant.

19:00. Dinner: Meeting with all participants and discussing the aims of the study tour at the Billy Goat Tavern, the traditional meeting point for Chicago Tribune reporters.
Address: Near Tribune Towers and Wrigley Building 
430 N. Michigan Ave at Lower Level. Phone: (312) 222-1525

Monday 8 December - Chicago

Appointment at 8:40am in the lobby of the hotel

9:00 - 12:00. Narrative Science, leading startup on automated journalism 
Address: 303 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1500, Chicago IL 60601

With Stuart Frankel, CEO: automated journalism today and in 2020
With Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist: Which technology to use and compatibility with existing CMS and the newsroom environment
With Nick Beil, COO:
- Editorial case studies: what is possible, what is not
- Business case studies: why it is beneficial to media groups
- Managerial and ethical case studies: the cultural barriers
(including a visit of the startup's offices)

12:15 - 13:45. Lunch and debriefing with Larry Birnbaum, Northwestern University Professor of Computer Science & Chief Scientific Advisor, Narrative Science Inc.
The Capital Grille, 633 North St. Clair Street (tel: 312.337.9400)

14:30 - 17:30. Northwestern University
Address: 2133 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL, 60208

Why and How Robot Journalism was invented:
With Rachel Davis Mersey and Zach Wise, Associate Professors of Journalism
- Principles and how algorithms and software were developed
- Business issues and business models for newsrooms
- Updates on latest research: big data, social media, personalisation and cognitive computing
(including a visit of some laboratories)

17:30. Back to the hotel by bus

19:30 - 21:00. Dinner with Martha Stone, International Consultant and Director of the Reuters Institute Big Data Conference
Restaurant: within the Whitehall Hotel (Fornetto Mei Lounge)
Analysis of the Big Data scene and how it will affect media organisations. 

Tuesday 9 December - Chicago & New York

Appointment at 8:45am in the lobby of the hotel. Luggage left at the hotel.

9:00 - 10:30. Chicago Tribune
Address: 435 N. Michigan Ave
With Bill Adee, Executive Vice President of Digital Product Development, Operations and Strategy, Tribune Publishing Company
Is automated journalism welcome in the newsroom?
Visit of the newsroom (and the building: a symbol of Chicago)

11:00 - 12:30. Journatic / LocalLabs
With Brian Timpone, CEO of Journatic / LocalLabs, Brad Dennison and Hanke Gratteau, VP of Media Services and former managing editor of Chicago Tribune
LocalLabs is the second Chicago based startup providing services to newsrooms and focused on the automatization of the news process. The originality of Local Labs is to target the needs of small communities and hyper-local audiences:
- The LocalLabs technology
- Editorial case studies
- Business case studies
- Managerial case studies.

Meeting at Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard (tel: 312 427 7800)

12:45 - 14:00. Lunch with Brian Timpone
Restaurant: Union League Club of Chicago

17:15 - 20:20. Fly to New York / Newark Airport (business class) from Chicago Midway airport. Flight Southwest 541

Around 21:30: arrival at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, another historical hotel
Address: 481 8th Ave, corner of 35th St.

22:00. Dinner at the hotel if not tired! Tick Toc Diner Restaurant
No guest speaker.

Wednesday 10 December - Downtown, New York 

Appointment at 8:15am in the lobby of the hotel

8:45 - 10:00:
Huffington Post & HuffPost Live: Which types of content production for bots?
Address: 770 Broadway
Open discussion with David Flumenbaum, HuffPost Live's Managing Editor

10:30 - 11:45:
ProPublica: Automatisation, big data and investigative journalism
Address: 55 Broadway, 23rd floor
With Paul Steiger, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief and today Executive Chairman of ProPublica's board of directors
Example to be discussed: How to edit 52,000 stories at once?

12:00 - 13:30: lunch or free time or both!

13:30 - 15.00. Mashable, a pure online player
Address: 114 5th Avenue, between 16th and 17th Streets
With Robyn Peterson, Chief Technology Officer and Jim Roberts, Chief Content Officer
Data, metrics and algorithmic curation: no humans managing the Home Page, it is entirely data-driven. Mashable will also introduce Velocity, software that predicts whether a story is about to go viral.

15:15 - 16:30. Meeting with Mor Naaman, Cornell Tech University
Address: 111 8th Ave #302, NY 10011

Mor is an associate professor at the Jacobs Institute at Cornell Tech, and co-founder and Chief Scientist at Seen.co, a startup founded to make sense of the real-time web and social media. Previously, Mor was on the faculty at Rutgers SC&I, led a research team at Yahoo! Research Berkeley, received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and played professional basketball for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

16:40. Back to the hotel by bus

19:30. Dinnerwith Jeff Mignon, CEO, RevSquare
Restaurant: Sky Lounge of the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel / 39th floor with panoramic views of Manhattan

Jeff has been helping media companies and brands reinvent themselves for two decades. A recognized digital thought leader, Jeff teaches at the CUNY J-School in the Entrepreneurial Journalism program and is a public speaker at events such as TedX and the Society for News Design.

Thursday 11 December - Mid-Town, New York 

Appointment at 8:20am in the lobby of the hotel. We will walk to AP offices.

8:45 - 12:00. Associated Press, the second case study
1) Morning news meeting of the AP newsroom.
2) Meeting with Lou Ferrara, Vice President and Managing Editor, AP and
Scott Frederick, CEO of Automated Insight
- The decision process: why automatise the news process, what are the perspectives
- How much it costs and how much it saves
With Philana Patterson, Editor
- How it works at AP: a practical guide
- How journalists interact with bots

12:00 - 14:00. Lunch with Tom Kent, Standards Editor, Associated Press
How can bots be ethical? What will the ethical issues be for journalists in 2020?
Restaurant: Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse
440 9th Ave, corner of 35th St. (very close from the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel)

14:15. End of Study Tour. Return flights to Europe and China.

15:30: Private shuttle for JFK Airport from the hotel (no shuttle for Newark Airport)