E-book: What’s the role of journalists in an era of algorithms?

By Kourosh Houshmand

Learn how the proliferation of algorithms poses new challenges for journalism and how newsrooms can navigate them by reading “The role of journalists in an era of algorithms: A guide to preparing the newsroom for humans and machines.”

We are at a seminal point in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in journalism.

As smart machines become increasingly prominent in the output of information, it’s more important than ever for reporters to understand — and take ownership of — how these stories are gathered, processed and distributed.

For best practices on how to work collaboratively with machines, we turned to industry leaders, including product managers, academics and senior editors in the AP newsroom.

What we discovered, and what this e-book examines, is the role of journalists in a world increasingly driven by algorithms powered by AI.

We hope this brief guide serves as a reference in designing your own newsroom strategy.

After reading this report, you will know:

- The key challenges driven by algorithmic news, including the “black box” problem — the inability for machines to understand content — and the emergence of information bubbles.

- Strategies to address these issues, including promoting algorithmic accountability, applying news taxonomies and cultivating computational thinking.

Kourosh Houshmand

Kourosh is an AI research fellow at AP and a master’s candidate at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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