“Journalism practice may feel like a product on a conveyor belt”: Researchers on the future of automated news production and consumption

Even if automation is creeping into all corners of our lives, at least we humans can still get together in real life to talk about it. At the Algorithms, Automation, and News conference in Munich this week, some of journalism’s biggest brainiacs shared their research on everything from bot behavior to showing your work when…

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After crowdfunding success, Swiss magazine Republik charts a course to “reclaim journalism as a profession”

In its first seven hours of existence, the Swiss online news magazine Republik — a startup with the allure of in-depth journalism and membership transparency — gained 3,000 subscribers and 750,000 Swiss francs. But that whirlwind of support created a new pressure: delivering on its promise. Thirteen months (and thousands more members) later, Republik is…

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Flush with spectrum-sale dollars, a Pennsylvania PBS station is doubling down on a different kind of local news

Hailed as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for local TV stations, the FCC’s spectrum auction last year drove billions of dollars to hundreds of broadcasters across the country. The windfall of cash came from wireless carriers seeking infrastructure for more powerful networks, and now the proceeds are landing in the stations’ bank accounts. So what are the…

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Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016

One hundred and seventy-four days remain until the United States’ midterm elections (421 until the next presidential election, but who’s counting) — which means there’s still time to “evolve” how polling is conducted. The 2016 presidential election wasn’t polling’s shining moment, with many post-mortems pointing to opinion polls misleading election forecasters and underestimating now-President Trump’s…

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Collaboration and insights: Here’s what you missed at two useful journalism conferences last week

Two powerhouse gatherings in the journalism world happened at the end of last week, digging into topics from collaborative journalism to reader revenue. The ONA Insights event in Toronto featured keynotes on Vox Media’s editorial voice and blockchain in journalism with dives into newsletters, analytics, growth in international audience, and more. Over in New Jersey,…

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No print, no private owners, fewer problems? Quebec’s 134-year-old La Presse is going nonprofit

In December, Quebec’s 134-year-old French-language news outlet La Presse published its last print paper ever. Now, in a quest for government and philanthropic funding, it’s leaving the Desmarais family company that’s owned it for the last 50 years, and going nonprofit. “The responsibility to maintain quality information accessible to a large part of the population…

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