Newsmakers: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism
Columbia University Press - Spring 2019
Newsrooms teeter on the edge of a change so disruptive that it could amount to a crisis. New waves of artificial intelligence developments seem increasingly likely to breach all value-points of our existing workflow, from gathering information to processing and distributing it.
While these technological shifts have some news organizations panic-stricken, this book argues that rather than a death sentence for newsrooms, these changes can take us to new heights. What if AI offers journalism an opportunity to course-correct the industry?
In Newsmakers, media strategist Francesco Marconi outlines a guide to one possible future of news – an industry transformed by artificial intelligence for the better.
With insights drawn from first-hand industry experience, Marconi provides a roadmap for a new direction in journalistic practice and process, in which automation technologies allow reporters to break more news more quickly while simultaneously freeing up their time for deeper reporting. In this new environment, AI could become so crucial to our journalistic practice that smart machines could soon have a seat at the editorial table.