‘…journalists need to continue to develop their technical skills to become better tool makers rather than tool users. It is in this way that we control, we shape, our relationship to AI and can perhaps create an entirely new technical form, replete with our profession’s ethics and values.’

Any reader’s engagement with a story now constitutes data, writes The Tow Center. But sophisticated uses are ‘not without growing pains.’

Tow says, ‘Every reporting beat is now a data beat.’

Two of the difficulties can be (a) how to communicate the uncertainty of predictive results and (b) how to document the methods that were used in arriving at any conclusions.


Actually, it’s about Ethics, AI, and Journalism: Reporting on and with Computation and Data | TOW REPORTS | November 21, 2019 | by Bernat Ivancsics and Mark Hansen