Robot “journalist” is already the reality in many newsrooms churning out content faster than we can consume. News organisations are increasingly experimenting with robot journalism using computer programmes to analyse data and produce news stories, because robots are more productive.
But how much do we know about these robots behind the news? Are they friends or foes of journalists? Should journalists be afraid or take advantage of the technology to improve their working conditions and quality of journalism?
This workshop will focus on these questions and explore the pros and cons of robot journalism, the existing practices and the impact on journalists, especially on working conditions, ethics and quality. Experts on robot journalism, journalists, media managers, representatives of journalists’ organisations and media will gather in this workshop for the debate. The workshop is co-located with the annual meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), to be held from 6-7 June 2018.