Turning the NYT’s Morning Briefing into a good news bulletin

by Rashmee

Posted on July 24, 2020


Today, as a creative experiment in positivity bias, I turned part of the NYT’s Morning Briefing into a good news bulletin. This wasn’t because I’m Panglossian, suffer from Pollyanna-ish tendencies or the glass-half-full syndrome. I’m not prone to view the world through rose-coloured spectacles. It was an experiment. Why? Curiosity, mainly. I wanted to see … Continue reading “Turning the NYT’s Morning Briefing into a good news bulletin”

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An AI breakthrough that may mean curtains for poets, journalists…and me

by Rashmee

Posted on July 23, 2020 / The Focus


I was very taken by economics professor Tyler Cowen’s recent rundown on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) breakthrough that will allow computers to offer services we would normally expect from a reasonably well-educated writer. Cowen described GPT-3, the third generation of language prediction model, as follows: “GPT-3 can converse at a conceptual level, translate language, answer … Continue reading “An AI breakthrough that may mean curtains for poets, journalists…and me”

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Donald Trump is right but using the wrong word. He doesn’t like ‘views’ not ‘news’

by Rashmee

Posted on February 18, 2017


When I was in journalism school, it was an offence to write a news story that had a touch of views about it. Even the hint of an adjective, an adverb or anything that suggested the reporter’s opinion was considered profoundly polluting. On the opinion pages, however, the writer’s views were not just welcome, they … Continue reading “Donald Trump is right but using the wrong word. He doesn’t like ‘views’ not ‘news’”

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Computer says…the robot journalist could get to Pulitzer status. Really?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 10, 2015


In Chicago, they’ve got computers that are being taught how to file copy. Journalist’s copy. Oh, it’s just basic sports reports and business stories so far, but the faux journalist’s creator Kris Hammond says it’s only a matter of time. Before what? Before they write like Hemingway? Surely not. Most human journalists don’t write like … Continue reading “Computer says…the robot journalist could get to Pulitzer status. Really?”

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Unknown unknowns: Bernie Sanders is getting coverage

by Rashmee

Posted on June 5, 2015


What’s the word for a worthy politician – big heart, batting on big principles – who’s unlikely to win an election? Two words: Not newsworthy. Or, Bernie Sanders? Yes. But no longer. That said, painful though it is to acknowledge this, old hacks like me know that goodwill does not a good story make. And … Continue reading “Unknown unknowns: Bernie Sanders is getting coverage”

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New digital information age has set us back 500 yrs, to town square rumour

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2015


In October 2013, Katherine Viner, who’s been appointed The Guardian’s new chief editor, described the changing contours of the information industry as follows: It’s gone from being fixed to free-flowing and in some ways the new, digital age is a regression. In “the post-print era, we are returning to an age when you’re as likely … Continue reading “New digital information age has set us back 500 yrs, to town square rumour”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK