The automated journalists are here: StatsMonkey, the Northwestern University-built program that automatically generates sports stories based on stats, is publishing stories on Big Ten Network.
The software was licensed by a company called Narrative Science, so a Google search of Big Ten for those keywords brings up all the stories that have been written by robots—quite a few so far.
The question is whether robots can tackle the grunt work, freeing up people to do more interesting reporting, or whether the robot, or monkey, will ultimately end up costing a sports reporter her job.
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