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The Transparency Series – Artificial Intelligence
February 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
John Keefe, Quartz
Data, code and algorithms are changing systems of power in our world, often without sufficient critical assessment or accountability. Today’s journalists need to understand how these forces operate, engaging the underlying computational tools and techniques. At the same time, the ways journalists understand the world and communicate their observations to audiences are also being reshaped by the abundance of data and accessible software to surface stories. Reporters today have an incredible variety of data to work with – from a spreadsheet of Census data, to a collection of Tweets, to frames of videos, to a compendium of online political ads. This is the raw material of “computational journalism.” The tools for expressing structure in these rich data sources, for finding and telling stories, can be grouped under the name “machine learning.” Through this 1-day workshop, students will work with John Keefe of Quartz to explore the possibilities of Machine Learning as a form of reporting.