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    #EdShift Chat: Using News Bots

    by Stacy Forster
    November 14, 2016
    Bots and artificial intelligence were big topics during the Online News Association conference this fall. Here, futurist Amy Webb shows two recently created bots during her talk on top tech trends. Photo by Kate Nash Cunningham

    The idea of news bots — or automated technology for delivering updates to audiences — sounds like science fiction, but news organizations are increasingly using them to provide up-to-the-minute information in an age of limited staffing. In an #EdShift chat on Tuesday, Nov. 15, we’ll dig into how news organizations are taking advantage of this new technology to stay in more regular contact with readers and viewers.

    The chat will start at 1 p.m. Eastern time/Noon Central/10 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, and you can find it by searching for the #EdShift Twitter hashtag.

    Guests will include John Keefe of WNYC, who will teach a #DigitalEd training called “How to Make a News Bot Work For You” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, as well as MetricShift‘s Tim Cigelske, Tanya Lokot of Dublin City University, Amanda Hickman of BuzzFeed, Damian Radcliffe of the University of Oregon and more. The chat will be moderated by Stacy Forster of UW-Madison.

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    Here is a Storify of the conversation:

    Tagged: Automated journalism bots journalism journalism education news bots robots automated journalism

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