Stephan Weichert will give an insight into his study which examined actions on all of the four journalistic levels (research, production, publishing and user interaction) that are adopted by technical systems automatically – either half or fully. “Robot journalism” is largely understood as algorithmic activity used in the journalistic field of fact-based reporting like news coverage about sport results and the stock market. However, his paper claims that certain “robotic trends” can also be found in the processes of digital production and distribution through the explicit use of technical aids, e.g. programs and software applications, that observe, search and assess on different states of action and also in varying degrees of intensity.

Frederik Fischer will talk about how the perception of automation in the newsrooms shifted since the founding of Tame in 2012.

The objectives of the session include the following:

> Recommend automation tools that help journalists with their day-to-day tasks.

> Learn from the attendees the differences in the use of automation tools across newsrooms and countries.