Report: How artificial intelligence will impact journalism

By Francesco Marconi

Learn how artificial intelligence will augment your newsroom and how you can leverage it to your advantage by reading “The future of augmented journalism: A guide for newsrooms in the age of smart machines.”

Streamlining workflows, automating mundane tasks, crunching more data, digging out insights and generating additional outputs are just a few of the mega-wins that can result from putting smart machines to work in the service of journalism.

Innovators throughout the news industry are collaborating with technology companies and academic researchers to push the envelope in a number of related areas, affecting all points on the news value chain from news gathering to production and distribution.

This report captures some of the major trends and use cases that are emerging so far.

First, we address the larger concerns related to implementing artificial intelligence in the newsroom: What are the risks associated with unchecked algorithmic news generation? How will these technologies disrupt workflows? How should newsrooms prepare for the need for new skill sets in data science and computational journalism?

Next, we take a deep dive into the particular applications of artificial intelligence in the newsroom: What is machine learning? What speech, vision and robotics technologies are available? How do they all work? And how are they applicable to journalism?

Finally, we examine the potential, future impacts of artificial intelligence in journalism. How can it can help newsrooms achieve scale, scope and speed while moving the needle on accuracy?

Francesco Marconi

Francesco was the manager of strategy and corporate development at The Associated Press. He is also an affiliate researcher at the MIT Media Lab and an Innovation Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

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