News-writing robots are already making in-roads, but they are set to take on a more significant role in a networked society as they work alongside humans to improve output and create smarter content.
AI journalism and automated journalism are shaking up the industry, and are bringing about changes within the profession – and it is likely that software will play an increasing role in journalism and media.
The first examples of robot journalism cover stories that can be understood through numbers – and early adoption by the media industry has focused on productivity and efficiency improvements. For example, the Associated Press (AP) news agency already uses Automated Insights software to generate articles about quarterly earnings reports from approximately 3,700 companies – as these are companies they would not have the resources to cover otherwise.
As we move into a networked society, software will continue to supplement journalists and provide a helping hand for media companies. They will work together to do a better job and maximize limited resources by automating processes, carrying out routine work, providing a presence across multiple locations, and conducting data research – all while cutting costs and increasing profit margin for media companies.