A Northwestern University joint initiative of Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. Northwestern University joint initiative of Medill & McCormick School of Engineering.

Team

The Lab’s core team handles management and development efforts and consists of founding faculty members, the director of the Lab, and professional staff.


Founders | Other faculty | Professional staff | Student fellows | Emeritus

Founding faculty

  • Larry Birnbaum

    Professor, McCormick School of Engineering

    Profile

    AI, media, & journalism; 140 papers, 20 patents; Head, CS Division / EECS Department; co-Founder & Chief Scientific Advisor, Narrative Science; BS, PhD Yale.

    Larry Birnbaum is Professor of Computer Science and of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he serves as Head of the CS Division of the EECS Department in the McCormick School of Engineering. He is also co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of Narrative Science. His research focuses on natural language processing, automatic content creation, contextual search, and technologies for applying human editorial judgment at web scale. Professor Birnbaum has authored 140 papers and holds 20 patents. He received his B.S and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Yale University and was on the faculty there before joining Northwestern.

  • Rich Gordon

    Professor and Director of Digital Innovation, Medill School

    @richgor
    richgor@northwestern.edu
    Profile

    Journalism/tech intersection, my passion for 25 years: data journalism, Miami Herald web director, now hacker journalism. #iloveinnovation

    Rich Gordon is Professor and Director of Digital Innovation in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and serves on the Management Committee of Northwestern’s Medill–McCormick Center for Innovation in Technology, Media and Journalism. Before joining Medill, he was the first online director for The Miami Herald. In 2007, he won a Knight News Challenge grant to award scholarships to software developers interested in studying journalism at Medill.

  • Kristian Hammond

    Professor, McCormick School of Engineering

    Profile

    Research focuses on intelligent information systems; author of more than 100 papers. Ph.D. from Yale and previously on faculty at University of Chicago.

    Kris Hammond is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, and Director of Northwestern’s Medill–McCormick Center for Innovation in Technology, Media and Journalism. His research focuses on intelligent information systems that attend to user context in automatically searching for information and media, and providing results to those users in powerful and interesting new ways. Professor Hammond is an author of over 100 papers and has served on numerous program committees as well as the Chicago Mayor’s Advisory Council on Technology. Professor Hammond received his Ph.D. from Yale University and was on the faculty of the University of Chicago before joining Northwestern.

  • Owen Youngman

    Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy, Medill School

    @YoungOwen
    o-youngman@northwestern.edu
    Personal website

    As a Chicago Tribune editor and executive, Owen Youngman focused on new products and innovation — launching Web businesses, RedEye, and more.

    Owen Youngman is Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and Associate Director of Northwestern’s Medill–McCormick Center for Innovation in Technology, Media and Journalism. Professor Youngman’s research focuses on the development, adoption, and consumer utility of technology–based innovations in journalism and media. He joined Northwestern in 2009 after a distinguished career at the Chicago Tribune, where he was responsible for the organization’s focus on innovative technology applications and product development.


Faculty collaborators

  • Zach Wise

    Associate Professor, Medill School

    @zlwise
    Profile

    Emmy Award winning interactive producer & Associate Professor @MedillSchool. Former senior multimedia producer at The New York Times. I do film, photo stuff.

  • Emily Withrow

    Assistant Professor, Medill School

    @emilywithrow
    Profile

    Journalism faculty at @MedillSchool, erstwhile contributor to @TheAVClub. Specialist in data-driven, webby-journo things.


Lab professional staff