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PAPER: Introducing a tool for news story personalization

An University of Michigan project aims to create a simple story personalisation tool for journalists. Called PersaLog, the system is being worked on by Eytan Adar, Carolyn Gearig and Ayshwarya Balasubramanian, all of University of Michigan, and Jessica Hullman, of University of Washington. PersaLog consists of a simple coding language and an editing environment. Through … Continued


REPORT: Artificial intelligence in the newsroom

The Associated Press has published a new report called “The Future of Augmented Journalism: A guide for newsrooms in the age of smart machines” written by Francesco Marconi, Alex Siegman and also a “Machine Journalist”. The report is the result of collaboration among the two authors and different artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The article captures … Continued


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ARTICLE: A portrait of data journalism research

Julian Ausserhofer and Michael Oppermann, both of University of Vienna, with Robert Gutounig, Sarah Matiasek and Eva Goldgruber, all of FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, have conducted a systematic review of research on data journalism (author names not in original order). The review covers the years 1996-2015, and it details the field’s most important … Continued


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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