Robotic Assisted Newspapers use Algorithms that often rely on metrics like Facebook shares, tweets, and comments.
Does that mean its content will be the stuff that publishers call content, instead of real journalism?
An algorithm that uses social media metrics to curate its content is the equivalent of giving equal control of editorial to anyone in your audience. Yet, nearly every major media company is already using algorithms to highlight high-quality or trending content.
The popular publication Guardian uses an algorithm but the main selection parameters beyond length appear to be social media shares and comments.
An automated process for distributing and filtering stories to the people who want them has:
- Amazing entity extraction and semantic analysis: knowing what a story is about and how it relates to other stories;
- Quality assessment: Is it of interest generally? To leaders in your niche?
- Machine Learning: Is it of interest to you based on your history?
A lot of people don’t realize that machines have been helping writing news for years.