Super-powering the newsroom: how AI could save journalism

The machine-powered journalist of the future. It’s a metaphor. (Credit 20th Century Studios)
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“Journalism is in a staggeringly fundamental crisis because of the internet”, David Caswell, Executive Product Manager at BBC News Labs

Dr. Stephann Makri, co-author on the DMINR project
An example of the worst-case scenario
Neil Maiden, Prof. Digital Creativity at Cass Business School, City University

JECT.AI reads news articles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 400 titles every 30 mins in 6–7 languages

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RADAR’s editor in chief, Gary Rogers

In the first 5 months of 2020 alone, RADAR wrote 58,000 local news stories consisting of 24m words — with an editorial team of only 5 people.

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Executive Product Manager at BBC News Labs
RADAR: one data source, many local stories

A machine can’t find stories — journalists find stories, particularly where there is limited data.” Gary Rogers, RADAR

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The future of news won’t just be the stories themselves, but also how they are presented.

  • As tool to enhance productivity and reduce costs, make publishing more competitive — particularly at a local level
  • Get to news stories that never would have been gotten to, hidden in public data sets, or other spaces that can only be detected by the unparalleled power of machine-powered pattern-spotting
  • Deliver really personalised news — not just the interesting stories, but in the tone of voice and at the length the user wants
  • Ability to quickly examine the kinds of big whistle-blower data drops that are increasingly common. (Last year’s Russian leak was 175 gigabytes — and the its full impact may not be felt for some time.)
  • Better questioning government, holding them to account. This is particularly true at a local level

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Consultant, advising AI-powered businesses and those who want to use the power of AI — particularly in the creative industries https://bit.ly/MatthewKershaw

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Consultant, advising AI-powered businesses and those who want to use the power of AI — particularly in the creative industries https://bit.ly/MatthewKershaw

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