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Human-assisted reporting
How to create robot reporters in your own image
Art by Mark S. Fisher
http://lat.ms/robotreporters
All URLs available at
How we act now
Photo: ThomasHawk
Your
computer
You
Your computer Your computer
The story
How it ought to be
You
Here's when it hit me
That's news!!!
Teach me how to Dougie!
Find a simple, repetitive and moving data stream
Do standard pull and parse, but put it on loop.
Train it to answer the questions you would ask
- What has happened lately?
- What is trending in short term?
- What is typ...
This doesn't have to be complicated
Train the system to send you alerts
Make a dashboard to drilldown
Train it to write a nut graf...
...which comes out like this.
WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT?
BREAKING NEWS
A WAY AROUND PIOs
INSTANT ANALYSIS
AUTOMATED COPY
- Election results
- Home sales
- Money in politics
- Legislatures
- Court filings
- 990 forms
- Sports results
- SEC fili...
PEOPLE DOING THIS
“In five years, a computer
program will win a
Pulitzer Prize — and I’ll
be damned if it’s not our
technology.”
- Kris Hamm...
TOO LATE, DUDE
BE CAREFUL
WHAT YOU BUILD!
What's wrong with this picture?
Santa Monica
Downtown
South L.A.
http://lat.ms/robotreporters
All URLs available at
THANK YOU!
Ben Welsh
I am
@palewire, @LATdatadesk
Follow me at
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  1. 1. Human-assisted reporting How to create robot reporters in your own image Art by Mark S. Fisher
  2. 2. http://lat.ms/robotreporters All URLs available at
  3. 3. How we act now Photo: ThomasHawk Your computer You
  4. 4. Your computer Your computer The story How it ought to be
  5. 5. You
  6. 6. Here's when it hit me
  7. 7. That's news!!!
  8. 8. Teach me how to Dougie!
  9. 9. Find a simple, repetitive and moving data stream
  10. 10. Do standard pull and parse, but put it on loop.
  11. 11. Train it to answer the questions you would ask - What has happened lately? - What is trending in short term? - What is typical over long term? - What are the outliers? - How do entities compare? - Have newsmakers been active? - What matches other data sets? - Answer me! I'm a newspaperman! You again
  12. 12. This doesn't have to be complicated
  13. 13. Train the system to send you alerts
  14. 14. Make a dashboard to drilldown
  15. 15. Train it to write a nut graf...
  16. 16. ...which comes out like this.
  17. 17. WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT?
  18. 18. BREAKING NEWS
  19. 19. A WAY AROUND PIOs
  20. 20. INSTANT ANALYSIS
  21. 21. AUTOMATED COPY
  22. 22. - Election results - Home sales - Money in politics - Legislatures - Court filings - 990 forms - Sports results - SEC filings - Environmental data - Crime reports, arrests, etc. - Gov't inspections - Gas prices - Gov't contracting - Stock tickers OPPORTUNITIES
  23. 23. PEOPLE DOING THIS
  24. 24. “In five years, a computer program will win a Pulitzer Prize — and I’ll be damned if it’s not our technology.” - Kris Hammond to The New York Times
  25. 25. TOO LATE, DUDE
  26. 26. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BUILD!
  27. 27. What's wrong with this picture? Santa Monica Downtown South L.A.
  28. 28. http://lat.ms/robotreporters All URLs available at THANK YOU! Ben Welsh I am @palewire, @LATdatadesk Follow me at

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