Editorial innovation in news

It is easy to assume that the future of news will be inevitably technical. That assumption is dangerous.

David Caswell
Feb 14, 2019 · 7 min read
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Una Marson (centre), George Orwell (standing) and TS Eliot (seated).

“Our work on news bots, natural language generation, voice interfaces, structured journalism and a host of other technologies must be as editorial as it is technical.”

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Hilda Matheson (left), the BBC’s first ‘Director of Talks’, helped invent many of the editorial forms of radio news and current affairs.

“Exploring new forms is hard, mind-stretching, risky work — and the ambiguity inherent in editorial judgement and practice makes that more challenging, not less.”


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