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Microsoft News replacing journalists with algorithms

Microsoft News is upping its use of algorithms for certain editorial functions, handing out lay-off notices to contract journalists in the US and UK. Machines have been working alongside Microsoft editors for some time, assisting with editorial tasks for MSN,…

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To Free Themselves From Lies, Journalists are Using New Tools and Techniques to Check Facts | EDITOR & PUBLISHER

‘Today, reporters, as well as editors and the production staff, now must work faster than ever but getting the story out shouldn’t come at the expense of the facts.’ EDITOR & PUBLISHER surveys the field of fact-checking and provides several…

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Actually, it’s about Ethics, AI, and Journalism: Reporting on and with Computation and Data | TOW REPORTS

‘…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…

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What should newsrooms do about deepfakes? These three things, for starters | NEIMAN LAB

‘Whether or not opinion columnists’ direst predictions come to fruition, it seems almost inevitable that newsrooms operating in a world of deepfakes will be forced to shoulder a heavy new burden.’ Balancing verification with timely reporting is getting tougher because…

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Researchers identify seven types of fake news, aiding better detection | PHYS ORG

‘False news tends to be less grammatical and less factual, with greater reliance on emotionally charged claims, misleading headlines and so on.’ Penn state researchers hope more precise definitions of ‘fake news’ will assist further research, improve detection measures, and…

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AI Coverage Best Practices, According to AI Researchers | SKYNET TODAY

‘…we are both invested and sensitive to how AI is portrayed in the media. In this article, we suggest a list of best practices for media coverage of AI, some of which may not be obvious to people without a…

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AI-powered journalism: A time-saver or an accident waiting to happen? | JOURNALISM.CO.UK

‘automated journalism is only as reliable as the information that has been plugged into it to during its development and training.’ Brighton University computer science professor Anya Belz says human editors are still necessary when working with AI tools in…

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An ethical checklist for robot journalism

by Tom Kent Feb 24, 2015 Updated October 2019   It’s routine now for news organizations to use artificial intelligence to write news. Robots are regularly transforming data into stories, and stories into multimedia presentations. As more organizations start deploying AI,…

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How the Wall Street Journal is using deep learning to inform content strategy | MEDIUM

‘While traditional analytics dashboards give newsrooms insights about recent performance, this project strengthens the “long-term memory of the newsroom”…. Editors can see how we’ve covered a story — looking at the type of story, length, topic and more — over…

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Robots in the newsroom: The good, the bad and the (un)ethical | SOURCEFABRIC

‘It’s a neutral piece of technology that can be adapted for almost anything.’ Thomas Kent Thomas Kent is a pioneer in the ethics of automated journalism. He was the standards editor at the Associated Press when it began using a…

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Predictive AI helps Foxtel drive double-digit growth: Insights for publishers | WNIP

Predicting when a cricket wicket would drop five minutes before it happened helped Foxtel reinvent live sports coverage in Australia. The system uses machine learning. Cricket matches can last five days. To win, opposing teams must take 20 wickets. That…

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How the Canadian Press is Using Bots to Build The Future of Election Coverage | J-SOURCE

Canadian journalists covering the coming federal election will have background data on command with a new automated system by the Canadian Press. The system is described in J-SOURCE by its lead creator, Lucas Timmons, a CP journalist leading automation initiatives…

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How Computation is Changing Journalism | CACM

‘In the hybridization of workflows, more often than not AI technologies actually create new types of work related to things like configuring, updating, tweaking, validating, and generally maintaining and supervising systems.’ Author and professor Nick Diakopoulos predicts journalism jobs will…

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Keynote session with John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg | GEN SUMMIT 2019

Runs 32:19 Talk by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, at the 2019 Global Editors Summit in Athens. He sees AI systems for journalism making a difference in four areas: Automation of repeatable events – for example, earnings reports. Of 5,000…

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Automation in the Newsroom: Productivity, Production and Personalisation | GEN SUMMIT 2019

Runs 41:07 A panel discussion at the GEN SUMMIT 2019 about automated systems used in three newsrooms. Moderated by Trint founder Jeff Kofman. PANELISTS Monique White – Head of AI and Information Extraction, Bloomberg News Robin Govik – Chief Digital Officer, Mittmedia Peter Buhr – Technical…

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Automation of News & Journalism | MACHINES + MEDIA 2019

Runs 15:16 A panel session at the Machines and Media 2019 conference in New York. Moderated by Chris Collins, Senior Executive Editor, Breaking News, Bloomberg. Panelists Nick Diakopoulos – Assistant Professor, Northwestern University; and Author, Automating the News: How Algorithms…

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Jeff Kofman on how AI can empower newsrooms | GLOBAL EDITORS NETWORK

‘I think it allows newsrooms to do things that it couldn’t otherwise do, or that it wasn’t interested in doing.’  Trint founder Jeff Kofman talks about his AI-powered transcription service and uses for other AI tools in newsrooms. He is…

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The bots among us: Artificial intelligence and automation are hard at work in the media business | DIGITAL CONTENT NEXT

‘News media professionals worry about human obsolescence in the face of such quickly accelerating automation. Yet many believe those concerns are premature or misguided’ DIGITAL CONTENT NEXT surveys how AI systems are being used in newsrooms. The story includes embedded…

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Bad news, journalists: Robots are writing really good headlines now | TNW

‘Primer, an AI company, recently built a tool capable of writing headlines that look like those a human would produce.‘ TNW gives examples of work generated by a headline-writing AI system. SEE FULL STORY Bad news, journalists: Robots are writing…

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Facial recognition, subtitling automation and datasets: how Sky News uses AI to unburden journalists | JOURNALISM.CO.UK

‘…automated tools are more commonplace than we might think and they can make a massive difference to a journalist’s workflow’ Sky News identified guests arriving at the Royal Wedding using AI technology and foresees greater use of other tools to…

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Drowning in Research Reading? AI Could Help | INSIDE HIGHER ED

‘(It) could potentially be used by journalists to help communicate complex research to the public, though the authors say they aren’t going to be putting journalists out of a job any time soon.‘ A new algorithm for summarizing text could…

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These fact-checkers won $2 million to implement AI in their newsrooms | POYNTER

‘The Google.org grant is among the largest single payouts for using AI to improve fact-checking — a sign that foundations and tech companies think automated fact-checking matters, and it’s here to stay.’ Four companies will combine efforts to refine automated fact-checking,…

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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…

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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 |…

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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…

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Stories by numbers: How BBC News is experimenting with semi-automated journalism | BBC NEWS LABS

BBC NEWS LABS pointedly refers to its data-driven news system as ‘semi-automated journalism,’ presumably because it keeps human journalists in the loop to issue approvals before publication. In this piece they describe their work and what they’ve learned. The objective…

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The Bright Future of News Automation | Linden

Carl-Gustav Linden says images of robots at keyboards don’t depict the real story of automated journalism. Current developments are simply new kinds of software for news work, he says, something that’s been going on for years. He believes automated systems…

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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,…

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Forbes is building more AI tools for its reporters | DIGIDAY UK

‘Forbes is investing in tools to make its newsroom more bionic.’ A new CMS called Bertie is making suggestions for writers and editors at Forbes using a machine learning systems. Named after the founding publisher of the business magazine, Bertie…

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A Look at Toutiao: China’s Artificial Intelligence News Platform | MEDIUM

‘Translated as ‘headline’, Toutiao is the core product of Beijing ByteDance Technology Co with an average 120 million daily user.’ 1.3 billion articles a day are served by Toutiao, Wei Chun Chew writes in MEDIUM. The Chinese news app sources news…

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