A major study released by Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism concluded that computer generated articles, crowdsourcing and bloggers are not expected to replace professional journalists. The report, titled “Post-Industrial Journalism,” said that the technological information boom coupled with economic shifts created both a negative and positive impact on journalism. The study was written by C.W. Anderson of CUNY and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Emily Bell of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia and Clay Shirky of NYU.
According to AFP, the study said that in certain types of reporting, professional journalists cannot be replaced by algorithms or crowdsourcing. It indicated that since the traditional advertising-supported model of newspaper and broadcast journalism has changed, news divisions have had to cut costs, which led to a reduction in the quality of reporting. The authors added, “We are convinced that journalism in this country will get worse before it gets better, and, in some places (principally midsize and small cities with no daily paper) it will get markedly worse.”