‘…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.’
The TOW CENTRE considers the growing role of data in journalism. ‘Because stories are data, a reader’s engagement with content is now data, as well’ it says, and ‘every reporting beat is now a data beat.’
- Use of statistical methods is a long-standing journalistic practice. Predictions methods, often involving machine learning, are by comparison relatively new and sophisticated uses are ‘not without growing pains.’
- 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.