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W. T. Stead Lecture: Robot reporter: Journalism in the Age of Automation and Big Data

Emily Bell - one of the leading figures in the development of Digital Journalism - examines how new technologies will affect journalism and the role of reporters and editors, as well as their more creative uses. She looks at the possibilities and challenges of regulating big data and algorithms which have widespread power over our everyday lives and what role journalism can play.

Emily Bell is Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the University of Columbia. Previously she was director of digital content for Britain's Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010. 

The W.T. Stead Lectures are named in honour of the pioneering and tenacious journalist who met an untimely death on board the Titanic. Stead explored what journalism could be in his time; the W.T. Stead Lectures continue to explore journalism in ours. The Stead Lectures are funded from the proceeds of W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary. 

MP3 file, 1 hr 28 mins 17 secs, 35.36 MB