Posts Tagged ‘semantics in news’

A Look Inside The New York Times’ TimesMachine

nytAdrienne Lafrance of The Atlantic reports, “One of the tasks the human brain best performs is identifying patterns. We’re so hardwired this way, researchers have found, that we sometimes invent repetitions and groupings that aren’t there as a way to feel in control. Pattern recognition is, of course, a skill computers have, too. And machines can group data at scales and with speeds unlike anything a human brain might attempt. It’s what makes computers so powerful and so useful. And seeing the structural framework for patterns across vast systems of categorization can be enormously revealing, too.” Read more

Nutrition Labels for News?

A new article reports that Ethan Zuckerman of the MIT Media Lab and creator of Global Voices “is worried about the disappearance of international news in the United States. As he (and Eli Pariser and Alisa Miller) has argued, the Internet has not opened up a world of information from far-away places. It has given us more people and news sources that look like us. Too much. U.C. San Diego scientists in 2009 estimated the ‘average’ American consumes 34 gigabytes of media a day. (And I suspect most of the people reading Nieman Lab are above average.) Are we aware of all that we’re taking in? How varied, how nutritious is our media diet?” Read more

First Knight-Mozilla News Technology Fellows Announced

A recent article reports, “Five coders will help newsrooms innovate and develop prototypes for digitally delivering news and information as the first group of Knight-Mozilla News Technology Fellows. Announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, the fellows will be spending the year in leading newsrooms around the globe, including The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Al Jazeera English, BBC and Zeit Online. Fellows will address a specific issue at each organization and then produce open-source solutions that advance the values of journalism and the open Web.” Read more