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The Washington Post will use automation to help cover the election

On Election Day, journalists at The Washington Post will get an assist from their non-human counterparts. The newspaper announced Wednesday morning that it will use automation to cover 500 races. Among them: Senate, House and gubernatorial contests across the United States. The automation technology, Heliograf, was first used by The Post to cover the Rio Olympics and will be … Read More
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With a new tool, The Marshall Project has turned the internet into a tipline

Last month, Tom Meagher was on vacation in Prague when he got an email from a tipster. It was important news. Meagher, the deputy managing editor of The Marshall Project, checked his phone and saw that a Texas court was staying the execution of Rolando Ruiz, a convicted San Antonio hitman. He read the court's decision, then updated The … Read More
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Report: Automated fact-checking is coming (and soon)

The British fact-checking organization Full Fact published on Wednesday a road map for automated fact-checking. The document argues that fully automated fact-checking is not a far-fetched fantasy but an attainable goal. We are months — and relatively small amounts of money — away from putting practical automated tools in fact-checkers' and journalists hands. This is not the horizon of … Read More
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The Associated Press will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues

The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced Thursday. The Associated Press, which routinely covered some minor league stories through the 2006 season, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper … Read More
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Bloomberg EIC: Automation is 'crucial to the future of journalism'

Bloomberg has become the latest news organization to place bets on automation as a measure to cover so-called "commodity news" and free up time for enterprise journalism. In a memo to Bloomberg's staff Wednesday, Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait announced that the data-driven news organization is creating a 10-person team to determine how automation can be used throughout the company's portfolio of … Read More
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