Posted by: structureofnews | March 14, 2018

When It Rains….


So it’s true I haven’t written in a while.  To be fair, there was news.

Blackstone bought a large chunk of Thomson Reuters’ financial business, and agreed to a $325 million a year, 30-year contract for Reuters’ news.  That’ll keep one busy.  And we have two journalists in jail in Myanmar. #FreeWaLone #FreeKyawSoeOo.

But it’s also true I haven’t written in a while.  But there’s a lot going on.  Just about to leave Austin, TX, where I was on a SXSW panel with Mark Hansen of Columbia J-school, talking about “Finding Signal in the Noise of Social Media“.  That was fun, and I’ll write more about that in a later post.  And, I also attended an interesting session about news automation in Sweden and Finland, where there was a nice shout-out to structured journalism.  Doesn’t get better than that.

Meanwhile, my colleague Padraic Cassidy was at NICAR in Chicago, where he spoke on a session about Lynx Insight, our new news automation tool as part of our strategy to build a “cybernetic newsroom.”  It’s been a really exciting road building Lynx Insight – a tool that marries the best of what machines do (automated data analysis, pattern recognition, simple sentence and language generation) with what humans do well (context, judgement, talking to people, and so on) – and I’ll write up much more about it in the next week or so.  It’s a capability that opens up personalization, counterfactuals and so much more.

So there’s a lot to talk about.  And I’ll get on it. Honest.

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