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Gannett's new high school sports sites -- and robotic story writing?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by gannettblog, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. gannettblog

    gannettblog New Member

    In a move that could signal Gannett's first publicly-known use of "robotic" story writing with Narrative Science software, the company announced yesterday that it's launching a new network of more than 100 microsites devoted to high school sports across its existing U.S. newspaper and TV websites.

    Here's my new post: http://tinyurl.com/35psrjr
  2. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    If they're not calling us now, they're sure as hell not gonna sit in front of a computer and click on little boxes.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    There is a Gannett paper in my state where this would be an improvement over the work submitted by one non-prep sports writer if only for the reason the software cares more about preps than the non-prep sports writer does.
  4. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    So long as somebody programs a few lines in there that takes "it was a tale of two halves" out of the bank of possible ledes ...
  5. Don't forget, "What a difference a year makes."

  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member


    This company tried to sell our newspaper on the service. It looks similar to what Gannett is trying. Corporate said no and still wants to push blogs for community groups.

    Getting a group to sign up for a blog is one thing. Having that blog have more than five posts is another.
  7. jrw

    jrw Member

    "Robotic" story writing ... those three words make me want to puke.
  8. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I don't know ... they might be more willing to do that putting in their own information than trusting it to the godless media, and on their own time.
  9. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Post of the year!
    I laughed til I cried!
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Robotic is a term the management team knows well.

    1. Respond to declining profit by cutting staff.
    2. As staff cuts result in continuing declining circ and profit - see No. 1.
  11. pressmurphy

    pressmurphy Member

    Remember these words: Garbage in, garbage out.

    How long before someone hijacks the system and the paper pubs a story (online and/or in print) chock full of kids hitting six-run home runs or scoring on a 135-meter kickoff return.
  12. GlenQuagmire

    GlenQuagmire Active Member

    It won't take long.
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