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How automation can help journalists find their next big story

Mike Philips, CEO of Vigilant, created a platform that enables journalists to break into public data in order to carry out investigative work more easily. We spoke with him to find out where he's at since winning Startups for News 2018 at the GEN Summit in June, whether automation makes up for a lack of time and resources in newsrooms, and what you need to keep in mind when you're the CEO of a media startup.

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What's next for automated transcription?

We talked to Trint founder Jeff Kofman about where they’re at two years after winning Startups for News 2016 with their nifty automated transcription tool for journalists.

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WhatsApp me the news

Audiences are moving towards private messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, to read and talk about the news. We talked to Ritu Kapur, founder and CEO of The Quint; Sohini Guharoy, the Quint’s head of audience engagement & social media; and Hannah Schwär from Axel Springer, to find out how WhatsApp is being used for news distribution in India and Germany.

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Covering the World Cup 2018 with AI and automation

Fox Sports, The Times, and Le Figaro have tapped into AI, voice AI, and automation for their World Cup reporting.

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Hi Alexa, is the monetisation conversation moot?

Voice assistants are still young and a bit awkward. Content experiences on them aren’t always great and it seems that news organisations, marketers, and the general public haven’t quite figured them out just yet.

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Behind the scenes of a murder investigation that mobilised 230 journalists all over Brazil

We talked to Thiago Reis, data journalist at G1 — the digital news component of the biggest Brazilian media group Globo — and coordinator of Monitor da Violência, about their project investigating murders in Brazil. Monitor da Violência won the public choice award at the Data Journalism Awards 2018.

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How can design processes help your newsroom?

Heather Chaplin, founding director of Journalism + Design at The New School, was talking about the importance of listening to the audience way before it became a gimmick. We had a chat with her about using design processes for journalism, the danger of ‘adversarial design’, and not freaking out when you don’t know where you’re going.

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Snapshot of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report

The annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report is released today. We talked to Nic Newman, research associate at the Reuters Institute, about people migrating from platforms to messaging apps, the potentially negative impact of media literacy on trust, and why donations are a growing reader trend.

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The Global Editors Network welcomes a new president

Former GEN Vice-president Cory Haik, publisher at Mic, is the new acting GEN President. Her mandate is to be confirmed at the 8 September Board Meeting, and ushering a restructuration. Instead of 21 members, the new Board – to be elected at the 8 September General Assembly – will count 15 members maximum, and will welcome more diversity, with a pledge to have equal gender representation.

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Emily Bell on platforms: 'Regulation is inevitable'

We talked to Emily Bell, professor in digital journalism at Columbia University and the founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, about Facebook’s algorithm changes, how she’d deal with the platform if she were running a news organisation, and why she has no time for trust as a metric for quality journalism.

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