Google Introduces Journalist Studio, A Tool For Modern Journalists
On 14th October 2020, Google announced Journalist Studio, a suite of tools that helps reporters leverage on tech to improve their efficiency. In a blog post written by Megan Chan, Google News Ecosystem Lead, we learn a bit about the two new tools that the software premieres with.
Chan says that the company has been working on Journalist Studio since 2018. It combines the power of Google search, AI and machine learning. The first tool that the software launches with is Pinpoint.
“Pinpoint helps reporters quickly go through hundreds of thousands of documents by automatically identifying and organizing the most frequently mentioned people, organizations and locations.
“Instead of asking users to repeatedly hit “Ctrl+F,” the tool helps reporters use Google Search and Knowledge Graph, optical character recognition and speech-to-text technologies to search through scanned PDFs, images, handwritten notes, e-mails and audio files,” Megan Chan wrote.
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USA TODAY’s report on 40,600 COVID-19-related deaths tied to nursing homes were compiled using Pinpoint. Reveal’s investigation into the COVID-19 ‘testing disaster’ in ICE detention centers and Washington Post’s article about the opioid crisis also used the tool.
To use Pinpoint, journalists can sign up and send a request by using this link. Reporters can use the tool to upload and analyse documents. For now, it is available in seven languages, namely; English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portugese and Spanish.
Journalist Studio also has another tool called, The Common Knowledge Project. Journalists can us this to explore, visualise and share data with others in their local communities. Additionally, they can use it to create personalised interactive charts, embed them in stories and share them on social media platforms.
Google collaborated with The Center for Public Integrity; Document Cloud; Stanford University’s Big Local News program; The Washington Post; Polygraph; and Data Commons. The company already invested $1 billion in partnerships with news publishers.
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