AI is the new horizon for news

Augmented Newsroom, Conversational Journalism, and Algorithmic Accountability

Bertrand Pecquerie
Jan 5, 2018 · 13 min read
Boris Karloff, director James Whale, and cinematographer John J. Mescall on set of Bride of Frankenstein (1935) — Public domain
Frame-breakers, or Luddites, smashing a loom in 1812 — Engraving from the Penny magazine, 1844 — Public domain


Here are some things to prepare for the shift from a digital newsroom to a genuine ‘augmented newsroom’:

1. AI is giving the gift of ubiquity to news

An Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker

2. Voice-powered AI is not a tech issue, it is the birth of conversational journalism

3. Automated journalism will affect all newsroom departments and it will enhance news personalisation

Vincent Fournier, Reem B #5 [Pal], Barcelona, Spain, from: The Man Machine, 2010 © Vincent Fournier

4. AI will improve engagement when combined with UGC and crowdsourcing

5. AI will allow newsrooms to set up a meta-newsroom covering new topics and beats

Different opinions about AI from tech leaders (click to zoom) — Taken from Vanity Fair

6. Algorithmic accountability and transparency will be essential

7. Automated news and automated fake news and videos are the two faces of the same coin

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The Global Editors Network (GEN) is a community committed to sustainable journalism and media innovation. GEN runs different programmes: Editors Lab, Startups for News, and the Data Journalism Awards.

Thanks to Hakeem Muhammad and Sarah Toporoff.

Bertrand Pecquerie

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CEO of the Global Editors Network, the worldwide association for editors-in-chief (from all platforms)

Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) is a community committed to sustainable journalism and media innovation. GEN runs different programmes: Editors Lab, Startups for News, and the Data Journalism Awards.