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AP Debuts Robot-Written News Stories

  • Poynter, Monday, July 21, 2014 12:30 PM
Will robot-written stories save traditional news publishers, or serve as another nail in their collective coffin? We’re about to find out as the Associated Press has begun to publish earnings-report stories written with automation technology. AP managing editor Lou Ferrara tells Poynter that the move will actually give his human reporters more time to report news. “What I’m trying to get out of is the data processing business,” Ferrara recently told Poynter. “I can’t have journalists spending a ton of time data processing stuff … Instead, I need them reporting.”

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