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Quartz Announces AI Studio to Help Journalists Use Machine Learning

Quartz is launching the Quartz AI Studio to help our journalists – and those at other news organizations – use machine learning to report their stories.

 

The project is supported by $249,000 from Knight Foundation, and builds on the success of the Quartz Bot Studio, also launched with Knight support. It’s part of the foundation’s efforts to support technology innovation in journalism to advance the field.

 

Over the next year, Quartz plans to use machine-learning methods to publish several stories that would otherwise be impossible. There are several great examples of stories reported using computer algorithms, but those tend to come from large newsrooms with in-house programmers. We intend to help medium- and smaller-sized newsrooms get smarter about artificial intelligence by publishing how-to guides, best practices, and open-source computer code with each of our stories. These materials will be crafted specifically so that motivated beginners can learn from and replicate our work.

 

Quartz aims to collaborate with other news organizations for at least half of our published stories. If you a journalist with a project that could use help from a skilled machine-learning programmer, you can contact Quartz at bots@qz.com.

Quartz also plan to add some artificial intelligence to Quackbot, its free Slack bot for journalists.

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