‘Algorithm design is an important new way for thinking about media diversity in society.’
News algorithms can powerfully express journalistic values says journalism AI specialist Nick Diakopoulos, in COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW. He suggests curation algorithms can be tuned to select pieces by their transparency, accuracy, or other factors that align with individual news organizations.
No single set of values should be expressed by all newsrooms, he believes. Instead algorithms with different weightings can be a new way of achieving diversity of voices. More closely tailoring algorithms by organization also can distance and differentiate news companies from the tech platforms.
Diakopoulos is a professor at Northwestern University, a fellow at the Tow Centre, a frequent speaker and commentator on journalism with AI, and author of the leading book in the field, Automating the News.