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If we are using AI in journalism we need better guidelines on reporting uncertainty | ONLINE JOURNALISM BLOG

The ONLINE JOURNALISM BLOG points out differences between reporting data as facts and data as probabilities, often found when results are from machine learning systems instead of quantitative findings. The piece offers a checklist for accountability when using algorithmically-generated results: How big was the…

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Krishna Bharat on the impact of AI on journalism and democracy | GLOBAL EDITORS NETWORK

The GLOBAL EDITORS NETWORK has a wide-ranging interview with Google News founder, Krisha Bharat, who says AI can provide journalists with ‘superpowers’ provided they have access to the required resources — data scientists, high-end computing time, and AI models. Availability could be a concern,…

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How to Blend Journalistic Expertise with Artificial Intelligence for Research and Verifying News Stories | Missaoui et al

How do journalists perceive artificial intelligence? Six UK researchers wanted to find out as part of their larger study to develop an AI tool that is ‘sympathetic to the way journalists work.’ Amongst their study sample, they found: Perception – Awareness of a range…

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UAE gets first Arabic speaking AI news anchor | KLALEEJ TIMES

Abu Dhabi Media will debut an AI anchor, marking a first in the Arab world and becoming the first technology of its kind exported by its Chinese makers. KLALEEJ TIMES reports Abu Dhabi Media has signed an agreement with Sogou, the Chinese internet and…

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What is machine learning and why should I care? | CJR

The COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW explains machine learning with examples of how it’s being used in newsrooms. Author Nick Diakopoulos describes four ‘flavours’ of machine learning. Each varies by the amount of input by humans. For example, in supervised learning, the data to ‘train’ the…

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Robot news presenter causes a stir on Russian TV | BBC NEWS

BBC News reports Russian television has unveiled “Alex’, a news reading robot that appears on its state-owned news channel, Rossiya 24. The report quotes Rossiya 24 saying Alex was made in Russia with “software and almost all of its components produced inside the country.”…

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Charlie Beckett: Emotion as an organising principle for networked journalism | April 2019

‘Emotions are going to become more important for news in the networked era, that is inevitable, the choice for journalists (and the public) is how they respond.’ IN A SPEECH AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Charlie Beckett says emotion, used constructively, can contribute to a further…

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AI, Facts and the Future of Journalism | FOURTH ESTATE

Runs 34:07 A podcast discussion about using AI tools in newsrooms. Hosted by Peter Fray, co-director of the Centre for Media Transition at the University of Technology, Sydney. Guests Nick Evershed – The Guardian Australia Ben McNeil – Metafact NOTE: There may be a…

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AI isn’t taking journalists’ jobs. It is making them smarter and more efficient | REYNOLDS JOURNALISM INSTITUTE

Runs 3:22 Clips from five journalists who presented first-person view of AI systems in journalism to students as part of the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Innovation Series. The journalists are from: The Wall Street Journal Washington Post WIRED Dogtown Media Graphika March 2019 | Missouri

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RADAR signs its first paying subscribers for stories jointly written by journalists and AI | PRESS ASSOCIATION

‘The UK news service pioneering the use of artificial intelligence to help journalists scale up the production of local news stories has progressed from its beta trials to a subscription-funded service.’ RADAR is for Reporters and Data and Robots, a news service that creates…

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Newsroom technology and the future of journalism | IJF 2019

Runs 47:50 A talk by Chris Collins, senior executive editor, breaking news, for Bloomberg, about uses and influences of AI technology and a look forward at a future newsroom. His talk was given at the International Journalism Festival. Perugia | April 2019

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Google News Initiative: AI in the newsroom | IJF 2019

Runs 54:59 A panel discussion at the International Journalism Festival 2019 about how AI is influencing publishing and ways newsrooms are experimenting. Panelists David Dieudonné – Lead Google News Lab France Patricia Georgiou – Head of partnerships, Jigsaw Perugia, April 2019

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Journalism’s Increasing use of Artificial Intelligence | WHARTON BUSINESS RADIO

Runs 20:47 Podcast discussion with two journalism professors who specialize in AI and journalism. Hosted by Dan Loney. Meredith Broussard, assistant professor at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute Seth Lewis, chair in Emerging Media at the University of Oregon’s School of…

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Artificial Intelligence Can Now Write Amazing Content — What Does That Mean For Humans? | FORBES

FORBES surveys ways AI tools are being used in newsrooms. The piece embeds several links to examples or explainers. ‘If you believe anything can and will be automated with artificial intelligence (AI), then you might not be surprised to know how many notable media…

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What happens when bots become editors? | JOURNALISM.CO.UK

‘Our strategy today is to build loyalty; we’re not interested in anonymous clicks and traffic. We use data points to give the user a better experience….’ Robin Govik, United Robots Swedish tech supplier United Robots says relevance is the real benefit when editorial choices…

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We cracked the Panama Papers with 400 human brains. Can AI help us next time? | MEDIUM

For journalists, the appeal of collaborating with academics is twofold: access to tools and techniques that can aid our reporting, and the absence of commercial purpose in the university setting. For academics, the appeal is the “real world” problems and datasets journalists bring to…

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Alexandra Borchardt: Journalism’s Risky Tech Attraction | March 2019

‘Potential funders need to be convinced that journalism is as noble a cause as, say, cancer research.’ IN THE ASIA TIMES (via Project Syndicate) Reuters Institute Director of Strategic Development Alexandra Borchant argues for more emphasis on human aspects of journalism as technology advances. SEE…

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Patch is using AI to write 3,000 articles a week | AdAge

Local news publisher Patch is automating weather reports, real estate sales, and other data-intensive stories, AdAge reports. Patch operates local news sites in 1,277 U.S. communities. Using the automation tools, Patch editors can prepare templates for data-rich stories instead of the writing the stories…

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Chinese state media’s latest news anchor is a female AI | QUARTZ

‘Xinhua says its robotic “new employees” have taken to their roles with enthusiasm, and since launching in November have published some 3,400 reports totaling over 10,000 minutes in length’. QUARTZ reports the Xinhua News Agency will deploy the world’s first female AI news anchor….

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Hannah Jane Parkinson: AI can write just like me. Brace for the robot apocalypse | Feb 2019

‘Seeing GPT2 “write” one of “my” articles was a stomach-dropping moment: a) it turns out I am not the unique genius we all assumed me to be; an actual machine can replicate my tone to a T; b) does anyone have any job openings?’…

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In five years, this headline will be written by AI | ARAB NEWS

‘Artificial intelligence in the newsroom reduces the cost of production, so the individual will not have to pay much for information,” Nathaniel Barling said, adding that AI “would restore the golden age of journalism.’ ARAB NEWS reports on a World Government Summit session called…

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NWA Democratic Gazette: Robot Journalism | Feb 2019

‘It didn’t sit well for this outfit’s inky wretches. For we’ve seen the results of this kinda thing. It ain’t pretty. (Would a robot use the word “ain’t”?)’ THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRATIC GAZETTE has an alternate view of automated journalism, responding to the story…

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The Rise of the Robot Reporter | NYT

‘As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise.’ THE NEW YORK TIMES reports on uses of algorithms for news production, giving several examples. SEE FULL STORY…

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The Bright Future of News Automation | Linden

Carl-Gustav Linden says images of robots at keyboards — often used with reports about automated journalism — don’t depict the real story. He believes current developments are simply new kinds of software for news work — something that’s been going on for years. With…

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A new autoscribe and a new byline | jAI

THE GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA has published its first news story prepared by an automated system. The paper calls the AI-enabled tool ReporterMate and gives it a byline. A footer note says ‘this story was generated by ReporterMate, an experimental automated news reporting system’. The tag…

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Will artificial intelligence control the news? One Italian company hopes so | SBS

‘Imagine: No more editors deciding what to write about, looking at angles, assigning stories to journalists and driving wider conversation with what’s included on the front page of a publication. All of that is decided by artificial intelligence (AI), a machine.’ SBS reports on…

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Journalism In The Age Of AI | DLD 2019

Runs 23:31 Talk by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, at the Digital, Life, Design Conference in Munich. January 2019 | Munich

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John Naughton: ‘no more “soft” coverage of artificial intelligence’ | Jan 2019

‘This research reveals why so many people seem oblivious to, or complacent about, the challenges that AI technology poses to fundamental rights and the rule of law.’ IN THE GUARDIAN John Naughton flags shortcomings in media coverage when industry is used as the primary…

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What kind of news gatekeepers do we want machines to be? Filter bubbles, fragmentation, and the normative dimensions of algorithmic recommendations | Nechushtai & Lewis

Efrat Nechushtai and Seth Lewis burst bubbles in this paper about choices by news algorithms for readers. They researched automated story selection by Google News in the 2016 US Presidential election and found liberals and conservatives were shown the same stories 99.9% of the…

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Forbes is building more AI tools for its reporters | DIGIDAY

‘Forbes is investing in tools to make its newsroom more bionic.’ DIGIDAY reports that Forbes is rolling out its autoCMS system, Bertie, to Forbes contributors worldwide. Named in honour of founder B.C. Forbes, the in-house system suggests article topics, headlines, and imagery to assist…

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Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2019 | RISJ

THE REUTERS INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF JOURNALISM predicts newsroom investment in 2019 will still favour humans over machines. Its annual trends report provides examples of newsroom experimentation that’s underway. The report forecasts more activity in: Personalization Automation (both text and video) Augmentation (tools…

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AI Finally Becomes Helpful | NeimanLab

‘More achievable projects — like feeding reporters story tips, automated tracking of data to uncover fraud, and scripts to keep published stories up-to-date — can make work easier for journalists.’ NEIMANLABS provides predictions by Jeremy Gilbert as part of its 2019 look-ahead. Gilbert is head…

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An Industry-Led Debate: How UK Media Cover Artificial Intelligence | 2018

THE REUTERS INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF JOURNALISM finds practices are wanting in how the UK media is covering AI. SUMMARY There is a preponderance of industry sourcing, little notice of debates about AI effects, and early signs that coverage clusters by political orientation….

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Innovation Forum | GOOGLE NEWS INITIATIVE

Runs 56:48 SERIES OF PRESENTATIONS BY Lisa Gibbs, Associated Press Daniel Bramatti, Abrai Marie-Louise Timcke, Funke Media Group Dimitry Shishkin, BBC World Service Claire Wardie, First Draft December 2018 | London

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AI Applications at New York Times, Reuters, and Other Media Giants | EMERJ

‘Artificial intelligence in news media is being used in new ways from speeding up research to accumulating and cross-referencing data and beyond.’ EMERJ surveys how AI systems are being used in big newsrooms and finds they are supporting journalists rather than displacing jobs. Example…