Sizing up robot journalism as it gets above the fold

Feb 03, 2018, 3:03 AM EST
(Source: The People Speak!/flickr)
(Source: The People Speak!/flickr)

The Press Association's (PA) headquarters in London is shooting selected machine-generated stories in the inbox of local newspapers, with many of them finding space online and in print, a trend that shows the quick rise of “robo journalism” above the fold.

Amid shrinking newspaper circulations and the switch to online advertising, publishers are warming up to the idea of employing robots for churning out stories, tracking local data trends and more jobs, notes the BBC.

Robot journalism, also referred to as automated journalism or algorithmic journalism, fuels speculations whether machines will displace human journalists, writes The Huffington Post. The answer to this question is, thankfully, for now a straight no, given the software’s limitations in conducting face-to-face interviews or asking follow-up questions.