From automation to abstraction, or “How we think about journalism”

Don’t be put off by the title of this post from Poynter – “How journalists can incorporate computational thinking into their work”. It takes some basic principles linked to computational thinking and applies them to how the industry could be thinking about journalism:

  • Automation: How can we automate things that need to be done manually each time?
  • Algorithms: How can we outline steps we should take to accomplish our goals, solve problems and find answers?
  • Abstraction: At what different levels can we view this story or idea?

The post also talks about how computational thinking can improve corrections in journalism. But it’s not about forcing the rules of computation thinking on journalism, rather seeing what applications of this mindset could be useful.

Full post on Poynter at this list…

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