In 2016 news fashion nerdery, bots are everywhere. Some news organisations are investing heavily in automated writing, while others are delivering their content through an automated message-like User Interface. Bloomberg is placing a bigger bet that automation can streamline its news gathering and production processes, creating a team dedicated to the task. Facebook, Slack and Telegram opened up powerful APIs on which to build all kinds of new delivery methods. Even The Economist spotted the trend.
Earlier this month, Basile Simon joined a panel at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, titled “Hacking the Newsroom.” “Exploring the ways hackers and journalists are working together, and how hacker-journalists are spreading into newsrooms,” said the brochure summary.