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The Bob Franklin Journal Article Award

Digital Journalism

About the prize

The Bob Franklin Journal Article Award, a collaboration between Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice and Digital Journalism, seeks to recognise the article that best contributes to our understanding of “connections between culture and society and journalism practices, journalism studies and/or digital media/new technologies.”

About Natali Helberger’s winning paper

“This is an engaging and intellectually sophisticated, as we as ‘practically’ useful, consideration of news algorithms and the ways in which they can contribute to democracy as variously conceived.”

“Helberger’s article is an important reflection on the growing use of artificial intelligence in online news recommendations and the potentially profound impacts such computer-generated recommendations may have on journalistic production and consumption and, ultimately, on a lively democracy which depends on robust, independent and pluralistic journalism.”

“I’m especially pleased with the work Natali has accomplished here to craft a much-needed encompassing framework for making sense of news recommender systems and their roles in relation to the public sphere and democratic outcomes.”

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