Every day, machines, not people, write hundreds of thousands of articles.
Welcome to the age of AI journalism.
News outlets across the world now have well-established AI systems that write data-driven stories. Consumers also have access to similar, rapidly developing online tools to produce copy at a moment’s notice.
So as AI evolves to write increasingly complex stories for minimal cost—and consumers have the means to write their own data-driven text—will human journalists go extinct?
Take a quick look online and you will find plenty of AI tools that focus on making your job easier rather than making your job redundant.
AI copy generators use machine learning to string headlines, leads and sentences together according to the input criteria.
Let’s be clear: these tools won’t do your job for you, but they can help.
For less than $20 a month, Conto.ai is one of the many options if you’re in the market for some AI help. Specialising in generating titles, all you need to do is plug in some key words and you’re on the way to finding your next story headline.
Most AI copy generators use OpenAI’s GPT-3 engine., which, within seconds, uses deep learning to resemble human writing.
How it works
Input your key words:
- Blog title
- Audience: Media type
- Description: Does AI leave room for journalism?
The output then suggests several possible titles:
- Will AI Change the Way We Read the News?
- The Rise of AI and Journalism
- AI and Journalism: The Future of the Profession
- The Future of Journalism
- AI and Journalism: 4 Ways it Changes the Game for Media Companies
It’s that simple.
Now I’m sure you can come up with your own headline, but what AI platforms lack in precision they make up for in speed and sheer volume. Within moments, I have five headline ideas and if I don’t like any of them, I can just alter the input and repeat.
Cheap, accessible, and constantly evolving tools like Conto.ai prove AI’s potential to streamline journalists’ workflows. AI can sweat the small stuff, giving you time to focus on research, interviews and story-crafting – things that can’t be done by AI. Not yet at least.
AI could even hold the key to journalism’s survival in an industry troubled by redundancies and encourage a shift towards valuable long-form, data-driven and investigative journalism.
We can then leave the simpler stories about the latest stock market report and the footy score to AI and let human journalists get on with the edgier reporting.