Carl-Gustav Linden says images of robots at keyboards don’t depict the real story of automated journalism. He believes automated systems will provide new opportunities for story discovery.

Current developments are new kinds of software for news tasks, he says, something that’s been going on for years.

This article is adapted from a talk by Linden at a recent European academic conference.


  • Carl-Gustav Linden, Swedish School of Social Science, former manager of the Immersive Automation project, a Scandinavian initiative that explored the future of news automation.

‘Just like sorting clothes according to fabric and colour, journalists clean – select and sort – the data, dump it in the washing machine, choose the right programme and push the start button’

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Linden, C (2018) ‘The Bright Future of News Automation,’ CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol 2316: 1-16,