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"Narrative Science" to replace sportswriters?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pendleton, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Pendleton

    Pendleton Member

  2. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    Re: Oh brother: Narrative Science....

    If regurgitated stats are all you want, you're golden.

    Want something other than what a competent fan can pick up from the box score? Sorry, that costs extra.


    EDIT: Multiple threads merged
     
  3. "Next year it plans to approach Little League about using the service. It's 'certainly something I think we would consider,' says Little League spokesman Steve Barr. 'It sounds pretty innovative.'"
     
  4. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Science!
     
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Good fucking Lord.
     
  6. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Active Member

    From the article:
    But the stories sound really good? Not choice B from the above group, the one the software spit out. Granted, none of them are scintilating reads, but it's not good.
     
  7. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Active Member

    By the way, the article's title ("Are Sportswriters Really Necessary?) is a bit misleading. The rendering provided by the software is compared to write-ups by two SID offices, not two sportswriters.
     
  8. Exactly.

    But this is what people - including a writer at Business Week, which should come as no shock - think that we do.
     
  9. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I'm not sure anybody remembers this, but some do: This sports story writing software has been discussed and around in some fashion for at LEAST 10 years, and I wouldn't be shocked if it was 20. Actually, I'm positive it has been around since I moved online, which will be 13 years in August.

    Choice B was obvious above. None of this is extremely innovative, to me. This might be useful for small staffs that could save time from doing routine roundups to do other things. As a major source for a major paper, I'm not seeing the point anytime soon.
     
  10. ringer

    ringer Member

    I'd love to see the program for this: Insert score - insert cliche - insert stat.... If team has a bird name, insert cheesy reference to bird anatomy. If team includes the word Sox, insert cheesy laundry reference...

    I still want to know where will the quotes come from. Or will those be made up by the machine, too?
     
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    A. Just happy to be here.

    B. Just want to help the ballclub.

    C. Good Lord willing everything will work out.

    D. Fastball, about cock high.

    E. All of the above.
     
  12. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Time to bring back Don Carmen's list of cliches, which he posted to his locker, inviting reporters to use any and all as needed.

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/legendary/licarmn.shtml

    1.
    I'm just glad to be here. I just want to help the club any way I can.
    2.
    Baseball's a funny game.
    3.
    I'd rather be lucky than good.
    4.
    We're going to take the season one game at a time.
    5.
    You're only as good as your last game (last at-bat).
    6.
    This game has really changed.
    7.
    If we stay healthy we should be right there.
    8.
    It takes 24 (25) players.
    9.
    We need two more players to take us over the top: Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig.
    10.
    We have a different hero every day.
    11.
    We'll get 'em tomorrow.
    12.
    This team seems ready to gel.
    13.
    With a couple breaks, we win that game.
    14.
    That All-Star voting is a joke.
    15.
    The catcher and I were on the same wavelength.
    16.
    I just went right at 'em.
    17.
    I did my best and that's all I can do.
    18.
    You just can't pitch behind.
    19.
    That's the name of the game.
    20.
    We've got to have fun.
    21.
    I didn't have my good stuff, but I battled 'em.
    22.
    Give the guy some credit; he hit a good pitch.
    23.
    He, we were due to catch a break or two.
    24.
    Yes.
    25.
    No.
    26.
    That's why they pay him _____ million dollars.
    27.
    Even I could have hit that pitch.
    28.
    I know you are but what am I?
    29.
    I was getting my off-speed stuff over so they couldn't sit on the fastball.
    30.
    I had my at 'em ball going today.
    31.
    I had some great plays made behind me tonight.
    32.
    I couldn't have done it without my teammates.
    33.
    You saw it... write it.
    34.
    I just wanted to go as hard as I could as long as I could.
    35.
    I'm seeing the ball real good.
    36.
    I hit that ball good.

    37.
    I don't get paid to hit.
     
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