Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung (IFKW)




Three More Years of Funding for Computational Journalism Project

The Volkswagen Foundation is extending its support for Professor Neil Thurman's Freigeist Fellowship on computational journalism, with three additional years of funding, including for a PhD student.


The Volkswagen Foundation's Freigeist Fellowship scheme began in 2014, and has granted ten to fifteen Fellowships each year since then, including to our own Professor Neil Thurman.

His Fellowship was part of the first cohort, and is entitled "Algorithmic News: An Investigation into the Computerisation of Journalistic Work, and Analysis of its Professional, Personal and Societal Consequences".

Over the last five years Professor Thurman has been looking at algorithmic or computational journalism across the whole news cycle, from newsgathering through news composition to news distribution. His projects have looked at the algorithms being developed to find news in social media; the automated composition of news texts and video; and automated news personalization.

After the initial five years of funding, Freigeist Fellows are able to apply for an additional three years of support from the Foundation.
Professor Thurman secured that additional funding this month and is currently advertising a 6-year post-doc position to work with him on this and other projects. More information is available here: