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‘War on public records,’ warns top scribe Carol Marbin Miller

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There is a war on against Florida’s open records law and the press and public are losing, investigative reporter Carol Marbin Miller warned newspaper journalists Friday. Marbin Miller, a senior investigative reporter at the Miami Herald and former investigative reporter at the St. Petersburg Times, called for action at the annual awards luncheon of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors meeting at the Westin Hotel in Lake Mary. She warned the Florida Legislature is brazenly passing far too many exemptions; and government…

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Freakonomics: Can computers replace journalists?

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New software developed by computer science and journalism professors at Northwestern University, and licensed and distributed by Narrative Science of Evanston, Ill., may be bad news for some writers.  The software can generate news stories from hard data inputs.  ”There’s no human author and no human editing,” says Stuart Frankel, Narrative Science’s CEO. “But the stories sound really good.”  So far, the software has been applied primarily to sports statistics, but Frankel sees applications in medicine, crime and finance as well.…

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