The Guardian uses an algorithm to select stories over a certain word count - skimming through the outlet's 3,100 articles, videos and podcasts published in a week - and an editor combs through the algorithm's selections to be featured in the print edition.
The Newspaper Club then uses a semi-automated layout process with the ARTHR tool. An editor feeds in links, text or images and then the tool organizes them on a page.
Long-form journalism has faced an interesting adjustment to the Internet's lean toward short, quippy blog posts and to-the-point news, but there's something inherent about this type of article that complements the print medium.
An efficient workflow like this lets newsrooms experiment with blending old and new media in a low-cost way, but robots won't be taking away any online journalism jobs just yet.
"We’re straddling two worlds: the nostalgia for print and those beautiful machines, the rudiments of it all and the slightly more weird media future that is going on,” said Tom Taylor, head of engineering for The Newspaper Club, in the Nieman Lab post. “It’s not as simple as ‘The Internet will replace print.’ The future is way more complicated than that.”
IJNet Editorial Assistant Margaret Looney writes about the latest media trends, reporting tools and journalism resources.
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