All the leaders depicted are of the nondemocratic sort that some might label dictators—the kind who might restrict the freedom that journalists enjoy in other parts of the world with the kind of gleeful “f*ck you” depicted here.
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Even whistleblowers nowadays are as likely to leak sensitive information to the Internet as they are to call up a reporter. Once their testimony becomes data, Narrative Science can work its magic. “If the data is there, and a human can write that story using the data, then we can write that story.”
NYU Journalism professor Clay Shirky predicted the rise of robot-journalism in 2009, and wrote that its success will depend on whether audiences can trust a robot to be as authoritative a source as, say, Walter Cronkite.
Al Jazeera is doing some of the most innovative journalism in the world. Case in point: Somalia Speaks, the first ever large scale survey of citizen sentiment in that region, and rather than using traditional methods they are collecting data via sms text messages.
Al Jazeera partnered with several organizations to bring the project to life. Middle Eastern classified advertisement NGO Souktel (whom Fast Company has written about before), mapping non-profit Ushahidi (ditto), enterprise crowdsourcing platform Crowdflower (…and ditto again) all contributed to the project, along with another organization called the African Diaspora Institute. Souktel managed the SMS gateway, Ushahidi provided the project’s mapping platform and assistance, and Crowdflower is assisting with offering a mechanism for crowdsourced analysis and translation of replies.
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By embracing a “digital first” approach The Guardian has seen readership on its website shoot up by over 40% year over the past two years. Its latest feature, the Twitter-scaling search bot @GuardianTagBot should only help. “It has fun and charm, but its also fantastically useful and structurally sound,” Janine Gibson, who leads the papers’ digital operations in the U.S., tells us.