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Sub-editors: learn to stop worrying and love the machine

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

Shane Creevy, head of editorial at journalism/AI company Kinzen, believes that the always-tenuous sub-editor role could be in for a revival, as they are perfectly positioned to act as the gatekeeper for the burgeoning machine learning in journalism sector.

“The sub-editor is the sapien in the machine, one half of what we at Kinzen like to call ‘the human algorithm’.”

Shane Creevy, Kinzen

Creevy focuses on entity extraction through natural language processing, or what you might know as tagging, where a computer needs help distinguishing whether “Brooklyn Beckham” is a suburb or a person; but the methodology is also being used to flag deceptive or incorrect content. Good news for subs who are always the first to be shown the door during cutbacks, and always the most missed by the readers. Read the article here.

Jason Norwood-Young
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