Quakebot, Narrative Science and the Evolution of Robo-Journalism

Slate's Future Tense blog has a story about how the LA Times was able to publish the first news report about Monday’s earthquake in Los Angeles thanks to Quakebot, an algorithm written by LA Times journo-programmer Ken Schwenke that automatically transforms USGS data into story form…and, sadly, does not look like the robot hunched over a laptop in the Shutterstock photo above. 

Kudos to Slate's Will Oremus for not fomenting the kind of robots-are-putting-journalists-out-of-work hysteria that tends to arise when companies like Narrative Science and StatSheet come up. “If anything,” writes Oremus, “helpers like Quakebot might save a few journalists’ jobs by freeing them to focus on the type of work that can only be done by a local reporter, on the ground, with a brain.”

Narrative Science CTO and Cofounder Kris Hammond gave an awesome presentation — and used nearly every inch of the stage! — at the 2013 Paley International Council Summit: The Data Overthrow. Here’s the video:

Presentation: Dr. Kristian Hammond from The Paley Center for Media on FORA.tv

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Watch video of @BuzzFeed’s @jonsteinberg at 3/12 @Media_Council breakfast.

BuzzFeed President and COO Jon Steinberg joined the Paley Media Council last week to talk with CNBC’s Kelly Evans about the company’s phenomenal growth, its commitment to content, and why everything new is actually old.

Watch full video here and see below for some highlights…

On what the acquisition of WhatsApp says about Facebook’s vulnerability:


Jon Steinberg turns the tables on interviewer Kelly Evans.


On BuzzFeed’s Big Data Stretegy


On BuzzFeed’s editorial mission:

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@nielsen @simulmedia on the future of video advertising: http://ow.ly/udpxl  #addressable #advertising

@nielsen @simulmedia on the future of video advertising: http://ow.ly/udpxl  #addressable #advertising

Pioneering indie film director Robert @Rodriguez joined @Media_Council 2/24 to talk about his new cable network elreynetwork.

In this clip, Rodriguez talks about programming for a “total audience” with “universal storytelling” that reflects the lives of US Latino viewers while appealing to everyone.

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#HouseOfCards almost broke the internet, according to this graph of weekend peering traffic between @cogentco and @verizon. http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2014/02/19/frank-underwood-didnt-break-the-internet-but-he-pushed-its-limits/

#HouseOfCards almost broke the internet, according to this graph of weekend peering traffic between @cogentco and @verizon. http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2014/02/19/frank-underwood-didnt-break-the-internet-but-he-pushed-its-limits/

This map shows the 9 metro areas that @googlefiber announced it will consider expanding to: https://fiber.google.com/newcities.

This map shows the 9 metro areas that @googlefiber announced it will consider expanding to: https://fiber.google.com/newcities.