Evgeny Morozov at Slate describes the possible effect that Narrative Science, a program that turns data and statistics into text articles, could have on journalism. Forbes already uses articles produced by Narrative Science, and they are cheap in comparison to those produced by professional journalists; the New York Times reported last year that one of Narrative Science’s customers paid under $10 per 500-word story.
The New York Times is reducing the number of online articles available to non-subscribers from 20 to 10, writes Peter Kafka for All Things D. However, the Times will still allow users to go over the 10-article limit if they access articles by following a link from Twitter or Facebook.
Weekly public radio show This American Life has retracted a previous episode titled “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory” after it was revealed that Mike Daisey, who made the report, had fabricated numerous details. However, Poynter writes that the retraction still raises numerous questions about This American Life’s editorial process. Forbes compares Daisey’s original report to Jason Russell’s Kony 2012 video, and notes the viral power of stories that are “almost true”.
The Guardian considers who might succeed Mark Thompson as BBC director general when he steps down this autumn.
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