Tag Archives: Associated Press

Robot Journalism Ethical Checklist

Robot journalism ethical checklist: As more media organizations deploy artificial intelligence, writes Tom Kent, “we need to keep a focus on the ethics and quality of robot news writing.”

Kent’s checklist touches on the accuracy of underlying data, automation producing thousands of erroneous stories and pitfalls, like defending a robot-written story.

 

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Shaping Word Usage

Shaping word usage: National Association of Black Journalists asked the Associated Press to revise its stylebook on using the word “boy.”

“This wasn’t the first time Stylebook editors had acted on recommendations from marginalized groups,” writes Natalie Yahr.

 

Town Loses Its Heartbeat, Its Newspaper

Town loses its heartbeat, its newspaper: One man tries to fill the void from the loss of the Daily Guide by posting on Facebook, write David Bauder and David A. Lieb.

The loss reflects the impact repeated in more than 1,400- other cities and towns across the U.S. to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years.

 

Enemy Of The People

Enemy of the people: Ken Thomas writes about the impact of President Trump’s attack on the U.S. media as “fake news.

Thomas quotes Prof. Jay Rosen saying, “It’s the erosion of the common world of fact. If we can’t agree on what the facts are, if there are no facts because they are in endless dispute, there is no accountability.”

Americans And The News Media

Americans and the news media: The Media Insight Project finds the erosion of Americans’ trust of news media is a failure to communicate.

Many Americans think what they see in the news media looks largely like opinion and commentary. The project is a collaboration of the Associated Press, the American Press Institute and the AP-NORC Center.

Thriving On Rejection

Thriving on rejection: Jackie Spinner writes about an Illinois Associated Press reporter who finds stories in Freedom of Information request rejections.

“Report on outlandish denials or those about significant public issues,” says the reporter. “Access to actions by public bodies is a huge issue and denials need to be exposed.”

 

Correcting Twitter Mistakes With Transparency

Correcting Twitter mistakes with transparency: Steven Potter tells how Thomson Reuters and the Associated Press correct Twitter mistakes.

“We don’t believe that an incorrect tweet should just be deleted without any further comment,” says a Thomson Reuters source. “To us, that would be lack of accountability.”