What we’ve been reading: Metrics for Journalists, News Summer 2016, I love you

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The New York Times is showing their writers where the readers are. The dashboard is called ‘Stela’, for “Story and Event Analytics”, it makes data nice and useful for their staff. They are hardly the first mover,  following the lead of the other advanced digital publications like the Guardian (their system is called Ophan) or Die Welt (Article Score). These dashboards do not include sensor data from readers. We’ll be happy to add data from readers’ contexts to the mix with Xminutes.

Read on: NYTime’s Stela (Nieman Lab) , The Guardian’s Ophan (Digiday), Die Welt’s Article Score (Nieman Lab).

This summer the terrible news doesn’t seem to stop.  Violence and graphic images find us, even as we’re browsing through friends’ happy vacation pictures on our smartphones. Consumers have to engage in self-care to protect themselves, argues Columbis University’s Claire Wardle in this interview with NPR.  Of course, we think that those apps should be context-aware and help yourself protecting you.

Read on: Managing your News Intake (NPR),

The world is full of Artificial Intelligence jokes – because computers are so good at showing us how funny we are. Here’s one more: Google’s A.I. read millions of GMail messages and learned that ‘I love you’ is the best response in a confusing situation. Luckily, that knowledge never got into Google’s “smart reply” product – thanks to people like Greg Corrado, co-founder of Google Brain. Nothing like a human to make sense of a smart algorithm.

Read on: How Google is remaking itself as a “machine-learning first” company (backchannel.com)