AI is Changing These Newsrooms: What It Means for Digital Publishing

The following piece is a guest post from Jessica Rovello, the CEO and co-founder of Arkadium, which provides interactive content to brands and publishers. Guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Is the growing adoption of Artificial intelligence (AI) products by digital publishers a much-needed lifeline for a struggling industry, or the next deadly threat to its survival? Some worry that AI will eventually “take over” journalism, replacing skilled humans with soulless, data-scraping machines. But these three industry leaders are showing how innovative implementation of AI can free newsroom resources to focus on the vital journalistic tasks—like reporting and editing—that humans do best.

The Associated Press

The AP’s recently-released “Future of Augmented Journalism” report discusses the future of AI in the editorial ecosystem, and explains how publishers can incorporate the technology. They were also among the earliest adopters.
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AI is Changing These Newsrooms: What It Means for Digital Publishing

The following piece is a guest post from Jessica Rovello, the CEO and co-founder of Arkadium, which provides interactive content to brands and publishers. Guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Is the growing adoption of Artificial intelligence (AI) products by digital publishers a much-needed lifeline for a struggling industry, or the next deadly threat to its survival? Some worry that AI will eventually “take over” journalism, replacing skilled humans with soulless, data-scraping machines. But these three industry leaders are showing how innovative implementation of AI can free newsroom resources to focus on the vital journalistic tasks—like reporting and editing—that humans do best.

The Associated Press

The AP’s recently-released “Future of Augmented Journalism” report discusses the future of AI in the editorial ecosystem, and explains how publishers can incorporate the technology. They were also among the earliest adopters.
Continue reading "AI is Changing These Newsrooms: What It Means for Digital Publishing"

Netizen Report: New Research Tests Facebook’s Digital ‘On Ramp’ for Developing Countries

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week Global Voices released an original research report on Free Basics, an app built by Facebook that is intended to serve as an “on ramp” to using the global internet. Now active in 63 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, the app does not get users onto the global internet, but rather gives them access to Facebook and a handful of online services, ranging from ESPN and Disney to BBC and Wikipedia, all free of charge. In their promotional materials for the program, Facebook posits that: “[by] introducing people to the benefits of the internet” they will help justify the cost of mobile data and thereby “bring more people online and help improve their lives.” A group of Global Voices contributors decided to test their theory this
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Sex, Lies and Metrics: The Truth Behind The Clicks

As print publications go, The Atlantic and The National Enquirer are roughly equally popular. They have a similar circulation. You could even argue that way more people are exposed to Enquirer headlines in check-out lines. And yet on Facebook way more people say they are into The Atlantic, which has 2.1 million likes compared to 44,000 fans for the National Enquirer. I have 161 friends who like The Atlantic on Facebook. Zero of my friends publicly reveal that they like the Enquirer.

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The media we say we consume versus the media we actually consume is one striking example of why social media metrics can’t always be trusted, and why more hidden metrics from Google are what data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz calls “digital truth serum.” “Facebook is digital brag-to-my-friends-about-how-good-my-life-is-serum,” Stephens-Davidowitz writes in his book Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data and What The Internet Can Tell Continue reading "Sex, Lies and Metrics: The Truth Behind The Clicks"