Towards a Design Orientation on Algorithms and Automation in News Production

Nicholas Diakopoulos*

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This essay responds to the articles in the special issue on “Algorithms, Automation, and News” by reflecting on two thematic threads apparent in the collection: (1) the role of journalistic values in technology, and (2) the hybridization of human and machine effort in news production workflows. I argue that to make further progress in these areas journalism studies should establish a design orientation towards journalistic technology, and seek to develop rigorous evaluation criteria and metrics that can help propel both scholarship and practice forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1180-1184
Number of pages5
JournalDigital Journalism
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 14 2019


  • algorithms
  • artificial intelligence
  • automation
  • Computational journalism
  • design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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