BOOTCAMP: PRACTICAL MACHINE LEARNING FOR JOURNALISTS with John Keefe, the technical architect for bots and machine learning at Quartz
Welcome to the next generation of data journalism: Recognize cases when machine learning can help in investigations, use existing and custom-made tools to tackle real-world reporting issues, and avoid bias and error in your work!
Sifting through terabytes of documents or images might take years — unless you teach a computer to do it for you. Like a bloodhound, a machine-learning algorithm can take a "sniff," or sample, of what you're looking for and find "more like this." In this class, students will learn to recognize cases when machine learning might help solve such reporting problems, to use existing and custom-made tools to tackle real-world issues, and to identify and avoid bias and error in their work. Through hands-on experience, students will get an introduction to using these methods on any beat.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Take this class if you are a data journalist or anyone looking to learn more about the practical journalistic applications of artificial intelligence.
Some familiarity with coding will make this class much more useful to you. The class will use coding "notebooks" that allow you to run and tinker with code on powerful machines. You will need a laptop, but it doesn't have to be fancy. Also you'll be able to keep everything you do in class.
We'll focus on using the free, open-source "fast.ai" machine learning library. We'll be working in Python, but if that's not your main coding language, that's okay. Your notebook will be preloaded with the code you need.
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