The Future of Journalism- ROBOTS! No seriously…

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Recently, Channel Nine’s Sydney bulletin had a bit of a mix up with their television programme. Camera one was switching to camera two, reporters were unprepared and stories were running off command.

Basically it was a big ol’ mess.

Check out the video below.


Luckily, presenter Peter Overton was pretty professional and told viewers to ‘bare with them please’ whilst the regular schedule went back to normal.

But it makes you question… is ‘robot-run’ journalism the future for TV and Radio?

According to ABC, the transition to automating computer systems in newsrooms is already happening.

With Newspoll sacking more than 100 staff members for the automative system, and 130 jobs now completed by using computers.

An article by states these computer systems have replaced many functions of a studio crew and directors, resulting in a loss of jobs for channel nine’s studio staff.

Essentially, the role of a journalist is no longer needed.

But with videos emerging such as the one above, it shows there is no replacing the human element that is needed for news stories.

With the ever-changing media landscape, there is no doubt the future for journalism holds much more advance technology.

… and with the introduction of actual human robots it seems likely journalism would be run by robots one day.


Seriously…these are what my nightmares are made of. 

But journalism needs to rely on people, rather than computers.

Without that human element, stories would feel like something out of George Orwell’s 1984 novel.

Overall, news is basically ‘for the people, by the people’ and no computer would ever give the human element needed for journalism.

They say video killed the radio star but with the introduction of robots I think they’re both dead.












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