Robolution: The 50 shades of news bots

In one of the opening sessions of this year’s GEN Summit, Quartz’s John Keefe and the BBC’s Paul Sargeant discussed all things news bot. The panel was moderated by Mashable’s Anne Marie Tomchak.

José Moreno
May 30, 2018 · 5 min read
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The BBC bot experience

According to Paul Sargeant, the BBC has been using chatbots for a couple of years now. It all started with a challenge from an editor to develop innovative ways to present information on social media, seeing as the BBC was only providing a rich news experience through its regular channels. This resulted in the first Twitter bots to cover the EU referendum.

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Paul Sargeant on the BBC experience with bots

Quackbot: a bot made for journalists

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John Keefer introduced the Quackbot

A bot is an ‘engager’

Quartz recently launched the no-knead bread challenge for their Facebook messenger bot.

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’50 shades of bots” debated dated on stage at Lisbon summit

How about ROI?

Tomchack then displayed a part of a story on gun control produced by the BBC using bots that she considered to be very informative but also probably very resource demanding and expensive to produce.

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Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) was the worldwide association of editors-in-chief founded in 2011. It ceased its activities in November 2019 due to lack of sustainable finances.

José Moreno

Written by

I study the digital to understand how it affects the way we live. I train and teach and learn to share knowledge with others.

Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) was the worldwide association of editors-in-chief founded in 2011. It ceased its activities in November 2019 due to lack of sustainable finances.

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