Steve Outing envisions a future of news with automatic fact-checking

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Steve Outing recognizes the pitfalls of trying to foresee what news will look like in 20 years, but gives it a shot with 10 predictions. A few:

  • "My news tools will fact-check every news story I read, highlighting mistruths, mistakes, bias, etc., and providing citation links to back up highlighted problem areas in the content. If a news story is analyzed as getting too low of a credibility score, my news assistant will recommend that I skip it."
  • "Walk down the street, unsuspectingly, toward a crime scene, and you’ll be alerted to reroute, and receive what information is available about the incident, including photos and accounts from eyewitnesses."
  • With automation handling many things now done manually, reporters "will be freed from mundane tasks and be able to concentrate more of their time on producing 'enterprise,' investigative, and feature reporting. And certainly there will be more journalists making a living covering niche topics that today go uncovered."

Among his other ideas: "What we call “news” today will have a different meaning in 20 years." Have your own predictions? Post them below.

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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