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The algorithm that ranks content can make some truly strange decisions. What set of signals is Google News looking for?
Pulse, a project launched by Sarah Alvarez and Andrew Haeg, aims to help news organizations text their communities to find out.
“It’s a much better problem to have: How are you going to make those all work together, rather than how are you going to make it work at all.”
Local news consortiums, labs, associations, and more.
“If you took away advertising from the platforms we have currently, if you took away the need to addict people and harvest their data and keep them refreshing their pages, what would that experience look like?”
“I see my role as a sort of reinforcement editor, ensuring that the good stuff is always percolating to the top. Sometimes the news isn’t as neat as an algorithm wants to make it.”
“Why can’t we use the Cambridge Analytica [method] for good, to help people actually know good things?”
It might not be the sexiest journalism innovation, but WGBH is hoping to keep public radio and public television’s massive archives alive and useful by harnessing the power of dopamine.