Why News Automation Fails

2 février 2019

This paper examines the causes of failures of automated news production. If technical factors have to be considered, such as bad data quality, the human factor remains essential, including within its social dimension. The proposed approach here is both theoretical and empirical. It is highlighted with the results of a case study conducted over one year. The project consisted of developing an automated news application about air quality within a Belgian newsroom, in order to provide real time information to the audiences as well as raw material for an investigative purpose.


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This abstract was presented through a poster at the Computation + Journalism Symposium, held at the University of Miami in February 2019
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