Journalists don’t always embrace new technology. That’s not the case for the Knight-Bagehot Fellows.
I had the opportunity to speak to a group of about a dozen fellows, mid-career journalists taking business and economics classes at Columbia University.
The interest in technology makes sense given the background of the director, Raju Narisetti, who ran Gizmodo, served as vp for strategy at News Corp., oversaw new products at the Washington Post and founded Mint, an Indian newspaper.
My message: the technology changes that slashed advertising and pushed newspapers to become digital were just the beginning.
The next wave is focused on making content more accessible.
At Bloomberg we are using machine learning to find the best stories, incorporating translation tools to make stories from around the world more accessible and leveraging summary features to help readers cope with the massive increases in volume.