A Site That Explores The News Before The News

The News Before the Storm is a site that showcases a series of clippings from newspapers the day before and earlier on the day of the world’s most horrific stories—for instance, 9/11 or the 2011 Japanese tsunami. By showing the two side-by-side, then melding them together through collage and overlay, the creators of the series, Ben Polkinghorne and Scott Kelly, investigate the ferociousness of the news …

Chinese State Media’s AI News Anchor

Xinhua (China’s state media) in collaboration with Chinese search engine Sogou, has just unveiled its Chinese- and English-speaking AI news anchor. Its evening slot wasn’t just a test run, in fact, “the simulations can be used on its website and social media platforms” now, but there’s no word on whether any TV channels have picked it up. Created to deliver news in a 24-hour cycle, …

Google’s New Initiative Will Use Tech to Write Local News Stories

In an effort to cover areas not presently serviced because of the financial woes of newsrooms, Google has committed over $800,000 to develop a software that automates news for The Press Association in the UK. Known as Radar—Reporters And Data And Robots—the service should be able to produce more than 30,000 local news stories per month, turning data into readable content. This division of Google’s …