The Washington Post, like most every news company, is
hoping to genereate new revenue streams, and is supposedly in discussions to
authorize use of its Content Management System to clients like Tronc, a
conglomerate that includes the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, and several of
other regional and local papers. As companies continue to struggle with the
decreasing amount of resources, it’s not hard to imagine a future in which AI
plays a larger and larger role in creating journalism.

Several other news outlets have some form of
artificial intelligence. For example, “Wibbitz” is an automated program used by
USA Today in order to produce short media content on the fly. It has the
ability to summarize and shorten news articles into a short script, storyboard
and put together a piece made of still images and raw video footage, and can
even add robotic narration to the video. “News Tracer” is Reuters’ prediction
tool that is used to help newsrooms measure the reliability of posts on the
popular social media site Twitter. An algorithm ranks developing stories, “on
the basis of ‘credibility’ and ‘newsworthiness’ by evaluating who’s tweeting about
it, how it’s spreading across the network, and if nearby users have taken to
Twitter to confirm or deny breaking developments,” according to Wired
Magazine’s Joe Keohane. The popular website BuzzFeed originally developed their
AI tool “BuzzBot” to crowdsource reporting from the Republican and Democratic
National Conventions, however, BuzzFeed decided to open-source their software,
making “BuzzBot” the foundation for many reporting tools that are currently
being developed with an AI component.

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