Parallel session

State of our trade

3 July

15:40 to 16:50

STCC, Auditorium A

Journobots : friend or foe?

Publications are beginning to use bots for reporting on stock prices and sports results. But the great strength of modern algorithms is not text production - most publishers overlook what they are good for: they can help us with investigative research. Used properly, AI can take the time consuming work away from journalists and give us more time for relevant, investigative and creative work. This session will discuss exciting projects from which we can learn the advantages as well as the downsides of the use of AI programs in journalism.. Both the German DebateExplorer and a tool of the journalists' association Propublica for example browse large amounts of texts like parliamentary debates or articles. These systems don't replace the journalism, but trawl though huge amounts of written text to provide potential leads for investigative research.