Robo-journalism on the rise in race to break stories, cut costs | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Robo-journalism on the rise in race to break stories, cut costs

Media outlets the world over are increasingly utilizing artificial intelligence in the race to break stories at a faster, cheaper rate than their competitors.

With several robo-journalism options available and firms edging for market share, the increasing capabilities of machines are encroaching further on the territory of human editors and reporters across all platforms.

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Software-generated reports are heavy utilized in areas where quick figures are needed such as in financial journalism, sports statistics, and analyzing polling or other data. According to the New York Times, Bloomberg News uses automated technology in roughly a third of its content, racing against Reuters and even hedge funds to compete in delivering the latest business news.

Media executives insist that artificial intelligence is not a threat to human employees because machines cannot produce analyses and perspectives. But robo-journalism is capable of generating more than just numbers — with publications such Forbes using tools to provide templates and rough drafts to reporters, and the Los Angeles Times using machines to issue earthquake alerts and bots for mapping analyses.

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