Automation, bots and algorithms in newsmaking. Impact and quality of artificial journalism | Miguel Túñez-López et al

The authors provide a thorough account of the progression ‘from artisan journalism to artificial journalism.‘ They compare writing by algorithms and humans, and project several implications of artificial journalism to come, including:

  • Changes from efforts to control the story to controlling the data upon which stories are constructed
  • Continuing advances in artificial capabilities
  • Impacts on infrastructure, production routines, and associated workflows
  • Changing economics of production
  • The need to reinforce media trust
  • Reinforcement of creativity as a professional value

ABSTRACT

Changes in journalism have been considered a modernization of the news production and an update of the process to include advances in technology. The transformation over the last four decades has resulted from a handcrafted newspaper both in layout and typesetting to an online story with newsworthy texts created by prepared machines that, using algorithms, imitate structures and the way to write the news and substitute journalists. Artificial journalism is increasingly present in the media, which starts to open deontological, labour and social debates.

AUTHORS

  • M Túñez-Lopez
  • C Toural-Bran
  • C Valdiviezo-Abad

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Túñez-Lopez, My et al (2019) ‘Automation, bots and algorithms in newsmaking. Impact and quality of artificial journalism’ Revista Latina de Comunicación Social, 74, pp. 1411to 1433
DOI:
http://www.revistalatinacs.org/074paper/1391/74en.html

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