Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media

From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is both enhanced and challenged by algorithms, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI). In this talk I'll elaborate two central themes from Automating the News: (1) how editorial values are embedded and designed into automation technologies for journalism, and (2) how journalistic practices are evolving as algorithms are blended into editorial workflows. I will then offer a set of provocations for future research, education, and the design of algorithms, automation, and AI technology to support robust and sustainable journalism. 

Friday, February 7 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Reynolds Journalism Institute, Palmer Room
38.94762978944872, -92.32789549999994

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Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Northwestern University where he directs the Computational Journalism Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he was involved in the early development of the field of Computational Journalism. His research is in computational and data journalism with active projects on algorithmic accountability and transparency, automation and algorithms in news production, and social media in news contexts. He is author of the book, Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media, from Harvard University Press. 

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