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ARTICLE: Robot journalism is not there yet, journalists feel

Journalists don’t think that automated production of journalism is, in its current form, very useful, a study by Neil Thurman (City, University of London), Konstantin Dörr (University of Zurich), and Jessica Kunert (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich) discovered. The authors introduced 10 British journalists to software capable of automatically producing news content, and observed and interviewed … Continued


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ARTICLE: Data journalism epistemology in Wales, Scotland, and N-Ireland

How do data journalists lay claim to the truth? Eddy Borges-Rey, of University of Stirling, investigated the “epistemology of data journalism” in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which he calls the “devolved nations of the United Kingdom”. Borges-Rey interviewed nine data journalists or data journalism editors who produce localized content in or for the aforementioned … Continued


ARTICLE: Free software and limited resources shape data journalism

In their new article Mary Lynn Young, of University of British Columbia, Alfred Hermida, of University of British Columbia, and Johanna Fulda examine the quality of Canadian finalists and winners in major national and international awards for data journalism between 2012 and 2015. The main research question is how journalists executed what could be considered Canada’s … Continued



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EVENT: Computation + Journalism symposium presentations online

Stanford University held a two-day symposium on 30 September and 1 October titled “Exploring the interface between journalism and computing”. The Computational + Journalism symposium gathered together academics and industry people to talk about journalism and algorithms, including topics such as election deception, visualisations and machine learning. The presentations from the conference were recorded and are available online. … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalists confused over crediting bots

Conventions regarding how to credit algorithmically produced news stories are various and incoherent, write Tal Montal and Zvi Reich, both of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The authors interviewed seven senior journalists working in newsrooms that employ so-called “robot journalists”, and also analysed 174 partially or wholly automated news stories. The interviewees swore by … Continued


NODA16: Takeaways from the preconference

The Nordic Data Journalism conference (NODA16) ended with a well-attended presentation on the so-called Panama Papers project, on Saturday (23.4.). In addition to its professional focus, the event featured an academic pre-conference on Thursday (21.4.). The full academic sessions are available as videos, but here are some of our favourite takeaways. Paul Bradshaw, of Birmingham … Continued


ARTICLE: Algorithms challenge professional journalism

When algorithms enter professional news production, ethical challenges arise on various levels, write Konstantin Nicholas Dörr and Katharina Hollnbuchner. Focus of their article is on algorithmic journalism and aims to provide a framework to identify and discuss those ethical issues  Journalist is not the major moral agent anymore as other actors, such as algorithms, are involved in news … Continued


ARTICLE: Computer-written news score high in terms of credibility

Computer-written news tends to be rated higher than human-written news in terms of credibility but news consumers get more pleasure out of reading human-written news, write Andreas Graefe of Columbia University, LMU Munich, and Macromedia University, Mario Haim of LMU Munich, Bastian Haarmann of Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics and Hans-Bernd Brosius of LMU Munich. Writers studied on people’s perception of … Continued


REPORT: Robo-journalism, ad blocking, and other predictions

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) has published a forecast of the digital media trends of 2016. Authored by the Institute’s own Nic Newman, the report covers developments in media business, technology, and consumer tendencies. Among Newman’s predictions is the coming-of-age of virtual reality, the continued decline of television viewership, surge in ad … Continued