By hughdawson, Jul 7 2017 01:33PM
In the dim and distant past, I was a branch reporter. I had to sit through interminable council meetings, hoping to hear something which would make a story.
Today, there is news which will change all this.
Google is paying the Press Association 706,000 euros to work with machine-learning software which will trawl through all the local and national information available under open government rules and write standard news stories from what it finds.
The target is 30,000 stories each month. Enough to keep even the angriest News Editor happy.
Flesh and blood journalists will then decide where and how to use the stories.
The PA project is called Reporters and Data and Robots (RADAR) and is being run in conjunction with Urbs Media.
Another example of technology doing the boring bits and people picking up the interesting stuff.