8 May 2020

AI in the newsroom? What we're reading

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Take a look at some of the stories that caught our attention this week.

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How artificial intelligence can save journalism

The Conversation / Patrick White

Francesco Marconi, a professor of journalism at Columbia University, has written a book about the use of AI in journalism. He says the journalism world isn't keeping pace with the evolution of new technologies. But, it could present big opportunities.

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Australian media’s fight for press freedom should be a lesson to journalists worldwide

Nieman Reports / Gary Dickson and Margaret Simons

"Australia offers the world a sobering example of how a liberal democracy can incrementally surrender media freedom – and how hard it can be to fight back when the public is increasingly disengaged and distrusting of media."

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The ACCC is facing a devilishly complex task in forcing Google and Facebook to pay publishers

The Sydney Morning Herald / Stephen Brook

"The task of designing a mandatory code, with enforcement, penalty and appeal provisions will be very difficult. Even more difficult: enforcing it."

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What happened to Val Kilmer? He’s just starting to figure it out

The New York Times Magazine / Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Brodesser-Akner's masterful profiling of the elusive actor, who has lost his voice to throat cancer, captures his weird and wonderful character.

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Interviews with the tigers from “Tiger King”

The New Yorker / Jessica Olien

Finally, someone tracked down the tigers! Do they think Joe Exotic is guilty and would they eat a human?