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  • Social media search and verification

    The internet is awash with misinformation, fake photos and videos, trolls, bots and other bad actors. As a journalist, you should be skeptical of everything. This presentation will show you some tools and techniques to help you separate fact from fiction and track down the best information.

    Tags: fake news; misinformation; trolls; social media; deep fakes; bots; disinformation; digital tools

    By Denise Malan

    2019

  • Innovative Approaches to Storytelling

    Technology is changing the investigative and storytelling processes, from basic fact and data collection and analysis, to producing and delivering stories, to connecting with our communities. Sensors, artificial intelligence, drones, 360-degree video, virtual and augmented reality, data visualization, chatbots and phone apps… the list of emergent tools goes on. Erika Owens of OpenNews and Saleem Khan of INVSTG8.NET discuss recent innovations in storytelling, and how and when to use them.

    Tags: stories; innovation; new

    By Saleem Khan; Erika Owens

    2017

  • The present and future of bots

    Ken Schwencke, John Keefe and Simon Rogers explain bots and how they are utilized today.

    Tags: bots;

    By Ken Schwencke; John Keefe; Simon Rogers; Tiff Fehr

    2017

  • Don't let the robots win

    Bots, crawlers, scripts, and scrapers: at NICAR you can learn to build them, but can you defend your site from them? Whether they're built by data journalists, search engines, web archivists or malicious troublemakers, bots are substantial users of news websites. At The Texas Tribune, bots account for half of our site's traffic, and they're responsible for our search presence and our archival legacy as well as site attacks and performance problems. In this slideshow, we'll dive into the world of bot users, and share some tips for identifying and managing these crawlers and scrapers, helping the "good" bots do their work, and keeping the "bad" ones from wreaking havoc.

    Tags: robots; scrapers; scripts; defense; news; websites; protection

    By Liam Andrew; Daniel Craigmile

    2016

  • The Bot Emporium

    Do you or others in your newsroom do some of the same tasks over and over? Are there stories you'd like to get, but they seem like they'd need too much manual copy-and-paste work? Are you a reporter or editor who just wants to know about updates to data sets online? In this PowerPoint presentation, you'll learn about a variety of services, libraries, tutorials and other tools to help you build your own bot army.

    Tags: bots; bot

    By Justin Myers

    2016

  • The Bot Emporium

    Do you or others in your newsroom do some of the same tasks over and over? Are there stories you'd like to get, but they seem like they'd need too much manual copy-and-paste work? Are you a reporter or editor who just wants to know about updates to data sets online? In this tipsheet, you'll learn about a variety of services, libraries, tutorials and other tools to help you build your own bot army.

    Tags: bots; bot

    By Justin Myers

    2016

  • Kapow - Make_Robot - Basic Steps, pt. 2

    This tipsheet shows two examples of robots made using openkapow software, including links to see the finished robot. Please also refer to tipsheet 3220.

    Tags: openkapow; kapow; robot; data

    By Nils Mulvad

    2009

  • Kapow - Make_Robot - Basic Steps

    This tipsheet is a step-by-step guide to the basics of using openkapow to make robots for web scraping.

    Tags: openkapow; kapow; web scraping; robot; make_robot;

    By Nils Mulvad

    2009

  • Robots and RSS Feeds

    Mulvad discusses how he uses "robots" and RSS feeds to continuously check websites for updates.

    Tags: RSS; Linux; news wire; DICAR

    By Nils Mulvad

    2008