RJI Futures Lab update #26

Online subscription models and automated journalism

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In this week's Futures Lab update, the Reynolds Journalism Institute looks at online subscription models that are actually working, and explores the possibilities and limitations for computer-generated stories.

PART 1: An Update on Paywalls

As news organizations experiment with different approaches to paywalls and metered access to online content, it's tough to know the best way to go. "Newsonomics" author Ken Doctor and Missouri School of Journalism Professor Mike Jenner explain what appears to be working and how that's likely to evolve.

PART 2: Robot Writers and Automated Journalism

Multiple companies have developed software that can turn data into text stories about sports, business or other topics. The founder of one such company, Journatic, identifies some of the possibilities. We also hear about challenges The Washington Post encountered when it was looking to automate some high school sports coverage.

Watch the RJI Futures Lab video update here.

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