Call for workshop papers

Hackashop on news media content analysis and automated report generation

19 April 2021
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Workshop in conjunction with EACL 2021
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News media content, including news articles and the comments that readers post, is a rich potential source of insight into current events and opinions – but many challenges remain if we are to develop automated tools for analysis and reporting. This hackashop, a combination of workshop and hackathon, aims to bring together an audience from computer science, social science and industry to target these multi-disciplinary challenges. 

In order to encourage scientific and technological advances, we have a dual format: (1) a traditional workshop format for discussing scientific advances is combined with (2) a preceding hackathon-type event in which participants are provided with news media data and a suite of component tools to experiment with novel approaches and solutions.

Hackashop participants are welcome to participate in one or both activities. The workshop day will then bring participants together to share new insights from both research- and experimentation-based work. This call for papers concerns the workshop track only.

Topics for workshop papers

We welcome work broadly in the area of natural language processing of news media, addressing the various needs from the readers who consume news of their personal interest to journalists who keep track of what is going on in the world, try to understand what their readers think of various topics, or want to automate routine reporting. Cross-disciplinary collaborations of computer scientists with media researchers and other social scientists are especially welcome, as are collaborations with the media industry, in order to reach richer insights into the needs and opportunities in news media analysis and generation. We encourage contributions that address multilingual settings, including but not limited to low-resource languages.

Important dates for workshop papers

Jan 31: Paper submission deadline (see instructions below)
Feb 18: Notification of acceptance (sent out Feb 16-17, contact Hannu if you didn’t receive yours)
Mar 1: Camera-ready papers due
April 19: Workshop date

A separate call for hackathon participation is available here.

Workshop paper format and submission

Submissions must be in PDF, conform to the official style guidelines for EACL 2021, and be at most 8 pages (long papers) or at most 4 pages (short papers). Papers may be anonymized but it is not obligatory.

Final, camera-ready versions can have one extra page for the content (i.e., 9 pages for long papers or 5 pages for short papers), plus references and possible appendices that do not count towards the page limits. Please contact the chair if you have any questions.

You can find the LaTeX template here:
or download the zip file here:

Submit your manuscript here:

Workshop proceedings

Accepted, peer-reviewed papers will be published in EACL workshop proceedings. After the meeting, we aim to organize a special issue or an edited book volume with selected, expanded papers from the workshop and brief hackathon contributions.

Organizing committee

Hannu Toivonen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Chair
Matthew Purver (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Senja Pollak (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Nada Lavrač (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Marko Robnik-Šikonja (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Programme committee

Emanuela Boros (University of La Rochelle, France)
Zoran Bosnić (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Hilde van den Bulck (Drexel University, USA)
Nicholas Diakopoulos (Northwestern University, USA)
Antoine Doucet (University of La Rochelle, France)
Mark Granroth-Wilding (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Adam Jatowt (Kyoto University, Japan)
Nada Lavrač (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Maria Liakata (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Saturnino Luz (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Matej Martinc (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Marko Milosavljević (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Jose Moreno (IRIT, France)
Kiem Hieu Nguyen (Hanoi university of science and technology, Vietnam)
Lidia Pivovarova (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Senja Pollak (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Matthew Purver (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Marko Robnik Šikonja (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Matej Ulčar  (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Renata Vieira (University of Evora, Portugal)
Carl Vogel (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Ivan Vulić (University of Cambridge, UK)
Slavko Žitnik (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)


Hannu Toivonen


The workshop is supported by the Horizon2020 project EMBEDDIA (“Cross-Lingual Embeddings for Less-Represented Languages in European News Media”, project number 825153, 2020-2022),