This Week in #Journalism: The Beat Writer of the Future? Algorithms.

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Tactile journalism?  Automated stories?  Say goodbye to anonymity?  Is this the future of news?

Automated Journalism, the future of news?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/video/thefold/auto-journalism-creates-words-without-writers/2013/08/19/ec9bd91c-0911-11e3-9941-6711ed662e71_video.html

Who’s writing the stories?

http://narrativescience.com/

Sorkin: “The upside of web-based journalism is that everybody gets a chance. The downside is that everybody gets a chance. I can’t really get on board with the demonization of credentials with phrases like “the media elite” (just like doctors, airline pilots and presidents, I prefer reporters and commentators to be elite) and the glamorization of inexperience with phrases like “citizen journalist.”

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/business/2011/05/aaron-sorkin-what-i-read/37848/

 

“The best way to explain fracking is to let people do it, believes former LA Times reporter David Sarno, which is why he started to build interactive storytelling experiences based on game design tools.”

http://gigaom.com/2013/08/22/is-making-stories-touchable-the-next-big-thing-for-journalism/

On killing anonymous comments: “I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity,” she said. “we need to evolve a platform to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet,” Huffington said.

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/08/the-huffington-post-is-killing-anonymous-comments/

Why they should stay anonymous: “Do we invite trolls and offensive behavior when we allow people to contribute anonymously? Perhaps. But free speech comes with a price, and I think we lose something significant when we start requiring people to verify their identities before we listen to what they have to say. If that’s what’s required for a “grown-up Internet,” I would like to stick with the one we have.”

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-22/why-huffington-post-comments-should-stay-anonymous

“In addition to providing fact-checking, Storyhunter has its own editorial staff that works with journalists or teams of journalists on their stories. They’ve developed a “seamless editorial production process,” according to Ragir, that produces high quality news features, documentaries, and investigative pieces at maximum efficiency. That’s a major cost saver for the media companies, and a major selling point for Storyhunter, they argue.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/08/video-content-provider-storyhunter-tv-to-partner-with-aol-and-yahoo/

“The Washington Post used a user-centered design philosophy to radically shift our development process to launch dozens of successful new blogs, platforms and tools in the past year. This philosophy is the reason why [they] use WordPress.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/08/why-the-washington-post-uses-wordpress-and-empathetic-design/

“The lesson now dawning on publishers worldwide is that their reliance on advertising as the major support of their news businesses is all but over.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/08/the-newsonomics-of-patchs-unquilting-2/

“Here’s a statistic worth dwelling on: “A senior editor at The Washington Post recently told me that he killed an average of three advanced investigations a year, usually over the protests of the reporters, who couldn’t see that they didn’t have the goods.” Outside ProPublica — and even inside it — how many online-only organizations can say the same?”

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/08/19/content-economics-part-3-costs/

“When you embed Tweets in your content, the headline of your article and Twitter account will be surfaced on the Tweet’s permalink page for all to see.  We think this will help more people discover the larger story behind the Tweet, drive clicks to your articles, and help grow your audience on Twitter.”

https://dev.twitter.com/blog/headlines-tell-story-behind-tweet

“The San Francisco Chronicle appears to have decided that putting a paywall around commodity news content isn’t a great strategy and has effectively dismantled the one around its newspaper site — although the company says it will keep a subscription plan.”

http://gigaom.com/2013/08/14/is-the-sf-chronicle-the-beginning-of-a-paywall-rollback-trend/

Quartz‘s web audience in the United States has overtaken that of The Economist, one of its chief competitors in the business news space, and is closing in on the Financial Times.”

http://mashable.com/2013/08/15/quarts-tops-economist-traffic/

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