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Robot Rote, Lineup Change for Ethicists, ‘Solutions’ Journalism

3to5 Ethics Briefs The Associated Press this spring is introducing computer-generated athletics coverage. The wire service has contracted with the company Automated Insights, which “relies on a Wordsmith platform that can analyze data from a game and turn it into a game-story or a recap,” reports the Poynter Institute’s Ed Sherman in “Resistance is Futile: AP to Use Computers to Cover College Baseball Games.”  The AP has an agreement with [&hellip

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Checking Facts, Admitting Vulnerability, Blocking Blockers, Sausage

3to5 Ethics Briefs Verifying facts by checking out their sources needs new emphasis. Ryan Holiday writes in the (New York) Observer that  “Journalism’s Biggest Problem Is Not What You’d Expect — And It’s Entirely Fixable,” and it’s the second half of the Russian proverb “trust but verify,” specifically with sources. His point is that all sources, even innocent ones, have self-interests that bias them. Holiday is the journalist who in [&hellip

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