Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Ros Jackson30 May, 2018

    News is often what somebody doesn’t want everyone to know. In-depth reporting takes understanding and investigation, and that’s what tends to get discarded in favour of efficiencies.

    So, I was in council today, at a committee meeting open to the press and public. As usual there were no press present, a common situation at district level for all but the most controversial meetings. The declining number of real journalists in this space has been notable over the years, and it’s bad news for democracy when nobody’s checking what we’re up to.

    There’s no way this bot would pick up what happened at that meeting unless someone decided to post it on social media – which isn’t always going to happen. NewsDigest may be fastest with the news, but it’s only ever going to be fastest with a certain type of easily-found news, and it’s this sort of automation that puts the valuable investigative journalists out of work. It’s a worrying trend.

    1. Nate Hoffelder30 May, 2018

      You’re right about bots not being able to do original work, but I disagree that automation is killing journalism. I know of way too many papers that are being killed by investment funds that buy a financially viable news org only to drain it of resources.

      That is the bigger threat, not automation.


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