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The Press Association project – codenamed RADAR, or Reporters and
Data and Robots – will be a collaborative effort with Urbs Media, a UK
startup that specializes in automated data journalism. The Press
Association is Blighty's equivalent of America's Associated Press –
a roving newswire that feeds stories to publications.
PA said in a statement: “RADAR is intended to meet the increasing demand
for consistent, fact-based insights into local communities, for the benefit of
established regional media outlets, as well as the growing sector of
independent publishers, hyperlocal outlets and bloggers.”
Natural language processing software will be used to piece together
information and emit computer generated stories on an industrial scale.
We're told a team of five journos will apply the code to publicly available
information from local and central government, so it can create stories
about politics, crime, and so on, all from templates. Terrifying.