Notes on Robot Churnalism, Part II – Robots in the Journalism Workplace

In the first part of this series (Notes on Robot Churnalism, Part I – Robot Writers), I reviewed some of the ways in which robot writers are able to contribute to the authoring of news content. In this part, I will consider some of the impacts that might arise from robots entering the workplace. Robot … Continue reading “Notes on Robot Churnalism, Part II – Robots in the Journalism Workplace”

Notes on Robot Churnalism, Part I – Robot Writers

In Some Notes on Churnalism and a Question About Two Sided Markets, I tried to pull together a range of observations about the process of churnalism, in which journalists propagate PR copy without much, if any, critique, contextualisation or corroboration. If that view in any way represents a fair description of how some pre-packaged content, … Continue reading “Notes on Robot Churnalism, Part I – Robot Writers”

Fragment – Accessibility Side Effects? Free Training Data for Automated Markers

Another of those “woke up and suddenly started thinking about this” sort of things… Yesterday, I was in on a call yesterday discussing potential projects around an “intelligent” automated short answer question marking system that could be plugged in to a Jupyter notebook environment (related approach here). Somewhen towards the end of last year, I … Continue reading “Fragment – Accessibility Side Effects? Free Training Data for Automated Markers”

If Only I’d Been More Focussed… National-Local Data Robot Media Wire

And so it came to pass that Urbs Media started putting out their Arria NLG generated local data stories, customised from national data sets, on the PA news wire, as reported by the Press Gazette – First robot-written stories from Press Association make it into print in ‘world-first’ for journalism industry – and Hold the … Continue reading “If Only I’d Been More Focussed… National-Local Data Robot Media Wire”

Data Structure + Narrative Chart = StoryLine?

A couple of years ago, prompted by a query from Michael Smethurst/@fantasticlife (then of the BBC, now of UK Parliament), I put together a post that described several ways for visually exploring the structure of a story or narrative – Narrative Charts Tell the Tale… (see also: From Storymaps to Notebooks). One of the chart … Continue reading “Data Structure + Narrative Chart = StoryLine?”

The Rise of Transparent Data Journalism – The BuzzFeed Tennis Match Fixing Data Analysis Notebook

The news today was lead in part by a story broken by the BBC and BuzzFeed News – The Tennis Racket – about match fixing in Grand Slam tennis tournaments. (The BBC contribution seems to have been done under the ever listenable File on Four: Tennis: Game, Set and Fix?) One interesting feature of this … Continue reading “The Rise of Transparent Data Journalism – The BuzzFeed Tennis Match Fixing Data Analysis Notebook”

Robot Journalism in Germany

By chance, I came across a short post by uber-ddj developer Lorenz Matzat (@lorz) on robot journalism over the weekend: Robot journalism: Revving the writing engines. Along with a mention of Narrative Science, it namechecked another company that was new to me: [b]ased in Berlin, Retresco offers a “text engine” that is now used by … Continue reading “Robot Journalism in Germany”