Sara M. Watson: Artificial Intelligence & Smart Journalism

Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on January 4th, 2020
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The largest problem AI has is that even the engineers can’t quite provide an explanation for precise outcomes or designated choices that go through an artificially wise approach in lots of circumstances I suppose engineers were talking about how they only can not articulate how the output got here out they can try to style of reverse engineer it or model the type of common sense tree however in lots of cases you are speakme about layers and layers and layers of processing that happens with a purpose to get to something like picture recognition or tagging or variety of classification by means of these difficult machines so I nonetheless suppose this form of crux of our societal question about what AI is and what it could be fairly surfaces around seeking to realize it if we’ve mentioned AI more commonly as a method of modeling human ideas we have now almost confined ourselves to our creativeness of what a computer is competent of and so if we attempt to have an understanding of the best way you already know a laptop is taking part in chess or go or successful jeopardy you already know we’re not rather completely figuring out the way it can be processing considering we’re trying to fully grasp it the best way we think men and women who’re writing about this don’t know how else to put in writing about it however that also the story is that you understand either scientists are telling or the PR that PR organizations that are across the customers and or the technology firms which are pushing these experiences you know are limited in kind of the inventive raining that they are utilizing and so i am truly particularly enthusiastic about pondering through different methods or other method of storytelling so now not simply specializing in the kind of grand narrative about like where AI goes and it is this kind of man versus computer state of affairs wherein you know the machines take over and man loses however as a substitute specializing in different methods of storytelling so i’m rather all in favour of talking about you know persona development or first-individual narratives to try to recognize how an AI thinks right like what would that appear like to write down a story that tries to give an explanation for in the voice of an AI what it’s wish to be an AI I feel that’s something that even engineer battle with in trying to realise and provide an explanation for how their own technological know-how works considering we’re speaking about methods which can be sincerely very elaborate multi phases resolution making trees that are just in lots of cases beyond style of approach of rationalization even civic engineers themselves so I consider there is various different methods we are able to use storytelling to try to either get at anything that’s quite hard to give an explanation for or to imagine one other intelligence that isn’t almost creating an intelligence that’s like guys but as a substitute an intelligence that is distinctive from man I continuously return to the query of what are these technology organizations optimizing for and in most cases a platform like fb the foremost question or the major style of driver they’ve is to get you to spend more time on facebook and if that’s the metric that’s you already know leading towards detailed behaviors it’s now not about first-class serving the person is about giving extra content material so that it will keep you on that web site longer and so I start to ask this question about any technology and that i believe it can be the kind of excellent question about science which is what are we optimizing for and i consider if we are able to answer that query we are able to get to an awfully substitution conversation with either the science corporation the coverage makers the customers about what their interests are and so I’ve clearly kind of been pushing that’s like my underlying significant-picture question for truly any technology that we’re speaking about so within the case of you understand the the newsfeed being whether or not it’s queued in one course or yet another I think customers haven’t had the possibility to specific any intentions or desires about how the feed is optimized so as the person i don’t get to claim good I preserve seeing all these movies of cats i’d truly like my feeds to be rather more politicized due to the fact an election is taking place and that i need to see a mixture of this and that I search his image matters like a relatively concrete strategy to that is to give users manage over what the feed filters in the direction of and the potential to alter that any given week or any given day just by having style of either proxy you recognize 0.33 parties that can check like say that I just want AP related Press to be accountable for anything information shows up in my newsfeed but fb this hasn’t opened that as a possibility and i will be able to i will foresee a variant of fb that makes it possible for you know a couple of extraordinary approaches of curating the feed but for now no person is asking for that and facebook rather isn’t all for exposing that or form of opening up that black that Pandora’s box of possibilities right like they’re simply inquisitive about optimizing towards one factor and that is what fb has determined is its ideal motive for being I look to locations just like the Brooklyn climb center for web and Society for that due to the fact they’re relatively interested in striking policymakers and technologists and users and activists and journalists all collectively within the equal room and i suppose what I’ve discovered from striking in the market for the final couple years is that those conversations may also be uncomfortable and they may be able to absolutely you realize get heated now and then but I think getting collectively around the equal table and being in the identical area and having the talk to one another face-to-face simply alterations the tenor of the dialog rather a lot in a technique that’s you understand there may be at least an interest in having a shared conversation as a substitute of it being a type of combative interface and you know I suppose additionally conferences like like this one is more often than not where that form of dialog can happen while you recognize that you could put a text you realize CEO on the stage and be interviewed by means of a person who’s you recognize speaking on the policy facet of matters there is a detailed kind of critic of technological know-how that tends closer to you already know simply deconstructing what’s going on or pointing at something and announcing this is a neoliberal drawback where Silicon Valley is solely determining what you understand the typical is you understand pointing at whatever as being capitalistic or whatever like that and i am particularly excited by looking to you realize these these evaluations are primary and interesting however they as a rule shut down conversations and i’m relatively all for having a dialog that brings extra folks collectively to the humans to share vocabulary and share the type of framing of the trouble and a lot of that signifies that you have got to style of watch out about the language that you’re using watch out concerning the framing that you are utilising and in addition concerning the questions that you are asking and proposing but quite the intention is to try to get persons to type of labor in the direction of some thing productive and constructive so i’m also really eager about putting forth not only the style of deconstruction or the description of the obstacle but particularly spending time on what the knowledge answer is or how one can you know have a coverage intervention or a design change or some thing alongside those lines that truely starts to discover what’s possible or what might be or might probably what must be as an alternative than simply kind of describing the hindrance as drawback you

Top journalists join #FreeAJStaff campaign

Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on November 6th, 2019
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Suppose an international the place reality isdistorted imagine being kept in the dark aboutmajor world event think being silenced when talking outcould store your life I have no idea the place to go you do not knowwhat to get any meals you just imagine the world wherejournalists i’m not free to report the data.

Michael Casey | Real journalism is more important than ever

Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on October 6th, 2019
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I think journalism is more important now than ever. This work is one of integrity, this is a calling that is more important than the bottom line and that there’s a real value for society and people who are dedicated to that exercise in and of itself. There can’t be anything more important. I’m Michael Casey. I’m an adviser to MIT media lab’s Digital Currency Initiative and I’m a graduate of Curtin’s media and journalism school. It was travel that made me realise that I really should try and do what I always wanted to do, which was to write and to do journalism and to shape it in the context of this travel experience. But it really wasn’t until I came to Curtin and succeeded that I felt validated, that I felt that I could do this. I think the essence of journalism is storytelling, and essentially that’s the art form. You’re trying to capture people’s imagination. I really saw the things that I was interested in as being untold stories. Stories that needed to be, that I felt needed to be, told and I wanted to be able to tell that story because they inspired me.I started at the West Australian and then found my way to Indonesia where I was hired by AFX Asia then I moved to New York and ultimately wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Eventually ended up as a global economics columnist for the Wall Street Journal. A lot of TV for the BBC, for MSNBC and CNBC, I’ve been an anchor for live TV WSJ Live and also wrote for things like Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. The most satisfying thing is to be able to write in a form that has inspired people to try to make a difference in the world in ways that I care about so that’s been incredibly rewarding, yes.

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Sabrina Faramarzi | MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on October 6th, 2019
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Hi I’m Sabrina Faramazi. I’m on the MAArt and Lifestyle Journalism and my final project was about secular congregationsand how a new wave of secular congregations are mimicking the postChristian memory, when more and more people are identifying as non-religious.So my project is a long-form narrative piece of journalism. It’s basically a kindof reportage of how I’ve spent the last six months attending these secularcongregations. Lifestyle journalism isn’t about listicles,it’s about telling real stories, about real people and real things happenacross the world that might not necessarily sit in the current newsnarrative. The benefit of doing it here at an art school is that it’s not justjournalism about the arts but, it’s journalism as an artistic practice inits own right.Rethinking the entire, format the entirenarrative, the entire way presenting a story. .

Should Journalism Be Objective? Serial: Part 2 | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on September 24th, 2019
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here’s an idea cereal shows us how journalism might not be objective but maybe that’s okay last time on idea channel we talked about objectivity the law and the people who practice it this I think is what cereal and even sometimes The Good Wife show us that though the law might have some objective moral basis it is still very much open to interpretation so objective sure but maybe only to a point objective but complexly so and maybe that’s something cereal shows us at the end of this video we’ll see what you had to say about last week’s video a video which you don’t need to watch in order to understand this one but it probably wouldn’t hurt especially if you don’t know much about the podcast cereal because today we’re gonna ask about the other side of cereals set up not the detectives council experts or suspect but its host journalist of Sarah Koenig and her team were they or was Sarah too involved in odd noms case does the cereal have some uh upheld responsibility to be disinterested did they transgress some set of journalistic ethics this has been a big criticism of caning from the start to at the beginning of the show is vocally Pro odd none at this point I’m gonna say flat-out that I don’t buy the motive for this murder at least not how the state explained it I just don’t see it as the show progresses her skepticism regarding the potentially lifelong inmates innocence herbs and flows but overall cereal never fully departs from a narrative that seems to be searching for ye bit of evidence to exonerate odd non of his conviction of his girlfriend Haman Lee’s murder in 1999 Kanaka said that this wasn’t her intention that she was aware she might potentially uncover something useful but that the goal of serial was never explicitly to free aDNA criticisms have continued regardless even after the finale the way Sarah treated Jay the fact that she didn’t speak with Kevin Urich the prosecutor in odd nons case a thing which she and the cereal team have responded to publicly and other various and sundry actions or inactions that raised the question of whether caning and her producers were really letting all the facts speak for themselves in other words being objective I’m not sure they were I’m also not sure that that’s problem but before we talk about why let’s talk for a second about journalistic objectivity in many Western countries but particularly in the United States objectivity is the cornerstone principle of journalism in a paper for journalism studies Quan Ramon Munoz Torres paraphrases David mindish who even suggests that without the concept of objectivity American journalism cannot be understood at all so let’s make sure we understand objectivity we covered the high-level concepts last week when we were talking about the law objectivity is a framework for existence and knowledge free from the knowers own biases and both of these are still very much at play in journalism as well but the concept of journalistic objectivity tends to add one more dimension that of balance often our understanding of journalistic objectivity assumes an almost ethical directive it’s viewed as unfair or deceptive if reporting doesn’t give equal time to all sides of a story or debate this expectation is so pervasive that even idea Channel is often chided for not showing both sides of the story luckily we’re not the news or aiming to be objective even a little I can say one side of an argument like it’s the truth and to move on with a totally clear conscience relatedly as immune Yas Torres points out this is all ostensibly in a service of the truth the goal of journalism is to provide insight and accountability where citizens laws and politics cannot or do not and so it goes that the pursuit of that insight or accountability should be neutral impartial fair balanced but what if the other side of a story is considered marginal at best or dangerous at worst the BBC for instance recently decided to stop giving equal airtime to those denying the effects of climate change it’s also arguable that objectivity is something of a goose that journalists are encouraged to chase as Glenn Greenwald puts it in no place to hide every news article is the product of all sorts of highly subjective cultural nationalistic and political assumptions here on ID channel I’ve said something similar in different terms that media always reflects the conditions of its production or to look at this another way our sense of journalistic objectivity is one built by applying some romantic even vaguely scientific concept of rational empiricism to reporting the news unfortunately in journalism and even in a science a perfectly objective basis is untenable there’s no foundation for gathering the facts which does not rely in some way on the subjective judgments of human beings none at all sorry but okay now we are briskly headed down a path towards the unconcluded semantic argument beginning with the question but what is truth anyway man glenn greenwald’s again can provide a pertinent detour the relevant distinction he writes is not between journalists who have opinions and those who have none a category which does not exist it’s between journalists who candidly reveal their opinions and those who conceal them pretending they have none Media critic and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen has rendered this same sentiment much more succinctly transparency he said is the new objectivity for the longest time objectivity reigned supreme over journalistic practice but it’s throne is crumbling studies in the US and Europe have shown that practitioners see objectivity as an ideal to strive for but that there is just as much of a sense that it is an impossible ideal this I think is an industry-wide almost neurosis that cereal wears on its sleeve there are many things that you can say cereal did less than perfectly but I think to its credit I never felt like Sarah Koenig or her producers were any more or less sure or unsure about the story than they clearly expressed to hear a canings description of the process of digging through courts documents and evidence tracking people down talking to experts developing leads and testing them against the materials at her disposal alongside her various convictions beliefs skepticism and intentions I catch glimpses of a journalistic process which I think lets the facts and the reporter speak at the same time of course transparency is not a binary value but a scalar one cereals transparent knob might not have been cranked all the way to 11 but their efforts felt significant and honest but I don’t know maybe I’m just being naive maybe journalism does have some impossible objective ideal but its base aims fairness accountability investigation communication are no less inherently subjective meaning objective journalism like plastic glasses a small crowd or things that are pretty ugly can exist but only in the spite of what it first appears to be what do you guys think can and should journalism be objective were Sara and her team objective let us know in the comments and it would be objectively nice of you if you were to subscribe it is objectively very snowy in New York City right now let’s eat you guys had to say about objectivity cereal and the law as tends to be the case on idea Channel when there is a some cataclysmic weather event like there is in New York City right now you get to see the inside of my apartment a little bit more so that’s why you are not looking at the record wall or the idea channel set because I am stuck at home anyways it’s not gonna stop us from responding to comments but before we do office hours is the thing that we figured out February 7th at the IBM Pavilion in Midtown in Manhattan I’m gonna hang out for a couple hours there’s no set plan just come hang out chat with me talk with other idea channel viewers just have fun we’ll hang out come for 10 minutes come for a couple hours okay on to comments Erik viewless makes the really great point that whether or not the law is based on objective moral truths what we’re talking about here is what objectively happened and it shouldn’t factor in that people are biased in some way when they’re trying to figure out just what happened and that there is some objective truth to that and that might be true but I think you know you see especially in a serial that there’s no way to get to that objective truth without passing through the conduit of very subjective biased confused forgetful people and yeah I mean that’s right that is the whole tension here and the conversation that follows this comment is so good I highly recommend checking it out links to this comment and all the in the Yakuza who talks about michel foucault and the idea of objectivity as it is sort of imposed or or developed by institutions and and also sort of offers advice of the question of you know it might be more worthwhile to ask whether or not the idea of objectivity is important or worthwhile or good and this made me think of a passage that I have underlined in the Michele Foucault reader that because I’m home I could just pull off of my bookshelf and read it says the power of the norm as in normality appears through the disciplines right so these are the disciplines of these institutions is this the new law of modern society let us say rather that since the 18th century it has joined other powers the law the word and the text tradition imposing new delimitations on them and then a little bit further down says like surveillance and with it normalization becomes one of the great instruments of power at the end of the Classical Age and this is basically all about how the normalization of culture and behavior through the existence of institutions is effectively law which i think is a very important and great content ranking for this country ernest petty talks about how one of the things that you could say is attractive about the law is its sense of objectivity that there is this sense that it is not different for different people and that that could provide a sort of sense of justice or a a basis for justice but that there are certain situations where it becomes clear that maybe the law is different for different people and that and that those events and situations are incredibly important because they might inspire us in us an interest or a a sense that we can and should try to change the way things are and that maybe cereal factors into that in some way and I would say yes and yeah I agree Laurel teal brings up the idea of the social contract which I definitely should have mentioned by name it’s the idea that there is sort of a contract between all people in a society to behave in a certain way and talks about how that is maybe both expressive of and kind of upholding of the ideas that contribute to the existence of law but that also another thing worth considering is that our ideas about how these things should be objective probably say just as much about our culture and society as what happens when we attempt that objectivity as as the results that we get from it and finally and relatedly Sarah Wayne talks about how it is maybe the reaching for objectivity that is the most important thing that as of the idea of what it means to be human what it means to be a human around other humans changes and progresses and we uncover more understanding about it our idea of what is right what is objectively right will necessarily change and that this idea of objectivity in law is sort of like utopia that you know it it’s a nice idea to reach for you’re probably you’re never gonna get there but maybe it doesn’t hurt to try fair this week’s episode was brought to you by the hard work of objectively the best editing team in New York City we have a facebook an IRC and a subreddit links in the doobly Doo and the tweet of the week comes from TJ von P who let me know that cereal is not an NPR show which I should have known as someone who works in public media this is very embarrassing for me I will I will do penance ten Hail Therese and one hour later you [Music]

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Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on September 18th, 2019
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Journalism in the Age of Data, Ch. 1: Introduction

Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on September 12th, 2019
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Fernanda Vigas>>> we’re research scientists right here at IBM. Our study agenda is round visualization of data– knowledge visualization. And extra especially we are considering democratizing visualiz ation so that implies bringing it out to the online and making it available to everyone and any individual Martin Wattenberg>>> probably the most matters that we’re doing right now could be form of a enormous online test called ManyEyes and that is type of the living laboratory that we’re making use of to do various our study. It’s a website on-line that any person can go to it can be open to the public and for free that you may put your knowledge up and visualize it so when you have an Excel spreadsheet sitting round with some thing of curiosity or which you could write whatever up in slightly word processor which you can just put it on our website online and you can apply a bunch of rather sophisticated visualizations to peer if you can find new things in it.Vigas>>> basically 1/2 of our mind is rough wired for vision. Vision is the largest bandwidth that we’ve in terms of sensory expertise. To the outside world. So what visualization is doing is, is that it is only taking skills of the truth that we’re so programmed to appreciate the arena around is in phrases of what we see. Wattenberg>>> I feel the high-quality means for persons to study about visualizations is to make them. Its the equal way that persons realized about typography in laptop publishing through truly having at their arms a whole bunch of fonts to check out and there have been some ugly results at first however now people are definitely lovely just right at it. Ben Fry>>> the thing that you are seeking to do with visualization where you’re taking data that may be very basic, could also be very mundane and as an alternative you’re trying to flip it around and switch it into whatever that is a little bit exceptional or put one more perspective on it outside of just the experience that, well its acquired quite a few numbers and its very intricate and what do we do to variety of– both to get throughout that feel of marvel, or extra principal, for me in my view is making an attempt to get humans more curious in regards to the certain matter.The thing is for visualization is we’d like it to be a lot more like artwork, and a lot more like writing than we do correct now its so much about programming and loads in regards to the visible aesthetic of how it appears as opposed to what we’re sincerely conveying, they way we are able to truely do that, and whats honestly strong. Aaron Koblin>>> What i am gonna show you guys is a bunch of data visualization software that I’ve written. Koblin: clearly I write pc software that takes a bunch of unique types of knowledge and turns it into something that we will relate to less complicated. So this is without doubt one of the tasks, the first data vis initiatives I worked on. This is watching at air traffic in North the us for a 24-hour interval. So I believe that it can be one factor to claim like you understand there is one hundred forty,000 planes in the sky above us. That kind of registers but same time if you can see the style of ebb and float of the process, youre going to make insights about population distribution, in regards to the infrastructure, concerning the choices which might be being made by way of air traffic controllers it is a extra granular information set, watching in above all at Florida.This is, uh, the blue represents better altitude, and white represents cut down. So that you could truly see approaches planes are taking off and touchdown in different regions. That’s Florida, that is Southern California, you get the no-fly zone in Nevada and los angeles, San Francisco. This is Atlanta, which is a form of fundamental delivery hub- so the entire FedEx programs coming into one place. That is big apple and you will discover chaos at controllers are coping with in that field, it’s like heavy flows..

Learn English through Journalism

Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on August 31st, 2019
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The fundamental purpose of English via Journalismis for persons to beef up their written and spoken English. Various dialogue aboutthings which can be to do with Journalism and about telling reviews. And likewise theresa lot of writing concerned as good. While you say journalism, you think about peopleinterviewing other men and women and writing or tv. And i, i like writing. Spend that first week looking at how information articles are put together. Additionally good seem at how paragraphsare put collectively, you know, what is a topic sentence, so we do duvet someof the technical features of how matters are written. The primary week it was like an introduction to journalism. And now we chose a subject matter. We’re doing someresearch.And we began writing the primary draft. The ultimate stage is correcting things likespellings, grammar, vocabulary. So we have to write articles for the journal, then we promote it and its pretty cool when you consider that half of of the cash goes to charity. I see myself writing about science or tradition, and visiting across the whole world with country wide Geographic and my digicam and taking pix and writing articles, high-quality, yeah..