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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 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
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 filings
- Environmental data
- Crime reports, arrests, etc.
- Gov't inspections
- Gas prices
- Gov't contracting
- Stock tickers
OPPORTUNITIES
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 Hammond to The New York Times
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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