Why train programmers as journalists?

Over at IdeaLab, Rich Gordon shares his exit interview with Brian Boyer and Ryan Mark, the first two programmers to earn a Master’s degree through Medill’s Knight News Challenge-funded scholarship. Because it’s fucking important. Thanks to the News Challenge, I’ve had the chance to meet Brian and Ryan and hang out with them a bit. […]

Sometimes, robots just aren’t enough

TechMeme adds a human editor to make adjustments when the algorithm fails: “Any competent developer who tries to automate the selection of news headlines will inevitably discover that this approach always comes up a bit short. Automation does indeed bring a lot to the table — humans can’t possibly discover and organize news as fast […]