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Newsrooms Must Learn How to Use AI: ‘Trust in Journalism is at Stake’

Machine learning, algorithms and natural language processing are now becoming common ways to talk about how we report, produce and distribute the news.

Although artificial intelligence (AI) can be trained to recognise faces and objects, understand languages, solve problems and produce thousands of articles from different data sets, can robots really do the job of a journalist?

Lisa Gibbs, business editor for The Associated Press explained how the publisher has been using artificial intelligence over the past four years.

Why Product Manager is the New Pivotal Role at Publishers

Product managers have become the must-have new hire for publishers.

Nearly a year into its first chief product officer Julia Beizer’s reign, Bloomberg Media has grown its number of product managers from 10 to 14; Vox Media now employs 10 product managers, up from seven last year; and over the past two years, the Washington Post has tripled the number of product managers it employs, attaching one to every single internal and external project it operates.

Social Media Outpaces Print Newspapers in the U.S. as a News Source

Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.

Actual Journalism Is Under an Asymmetrical Attack

Our political media today is a one-sided battle. In one corner, we have the old-fashioned gatekeepers doing business as they always have: fearful of offending the powerful, and constantly attempting to strike a balance between profit and what they deem the “public interest.” In the other is an amalgam of right-wing institutions that found a path to riches by combining lies, prejudice, and conspiracy theories—with precious little actual journalism. Donald Trump’s presidency has boosted the latter’s influence, helping to metastasize its cancerous mendacity throughout the body politic. But the phenomenon precedes Trump—indeed, without it he would still be a C-list celebrity grifter.

There Isn’t One Best Way to Map Local News Ecosystems. But Can We Do it Better?

It’s a series of questions we get often at the Center for Cooperative Media: How many news organizations operate in New Jersey? How many are print versus radio versus television? How many people do they employ? So what parts of the state have no local news source? How can we help those places?

The problem is, we can’t answer these questions with complete accuracy. In fact, we don’t know anyone who can. Despite the volume of research currently under way about news ecosystems, there is no gold standard; many studies to date have critical flaws, such as focusing on only one type of media, using too few sources to feed underlying databases, or considering news only through a strict geographic lens.

Digital-Native Publishers Settle In to Face Legacy Constraints, with a Side of Reader Revenue

“It was around this time last year that things were starting to look a little dicey for the media industry’s once breathlessly-hyped digital unicorns,” Joe Pompeo wrote for Vanity Fair this week. BuzzFeed, Vice, Mashable, and Vox, “which once heralded the dawn of a new media age — replete with massive valuations, large fund-raising hauls, and millennial sex appeal — now appeared to exhibit some traits of the brands that they once attempted to disrupt.”

Using Venture Philanthropy, American Journalism Project Seeks to Sustain Vital News Coverage

It was 2015 when an idea first began to germinate for Elizabeth Green, the co-founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization devoted to American education.

“I’d been thinking that the way philanthropy organizes in the education sector had lessons that could be applied to journalism philanthropy sector that was emerging slowly at the time—too slowly, I thought,” she said.

Craig Newmark’s New Hit List

There was hay here once. Horses, coachmen. Carriages were stored one room over. But that was a long time ago, before this house in lower Manhattan was even on the market, before the construction workers arrived, before the limestone tile for an adjoining hallway was cut, before the hayloft was removed to make room for a spiral staircase and more bookshelves. Before it became the two-story personal library of an unassuming internet mogul. Before Craig.

Why Trump Can’t Stop Talking to the Press

Whenever I’m stressed, I overeat. When circumstances overwhelm President Donald Trump’s psyche, he self-medicates by giving sit-down interviews with the press.

Setting aside the usual press gaggles, in the past six weeks Trump has given extensive interviews to The Associated Press, 60 Minutes, Politico, the Washington Post, the Daily Caller, the Wall Street Journal…