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Build a Bot: Artificial Intelligence and Bots for News (Oct. 25 and Nov. 1)

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BUILD A BOT: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND BOTS FOR NEWS with John Keefe, bot developer and app product manager at Quartz

Come make a Facebook Messenger bot with us

Class meets Wednesdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 9 pm

The cost for this workshop is $249

$199 Early Bird Summer Deal until August 31st

Chat apps for news, Twitter bots, Alexa Skills… artificial intelligence is a growing trend in media. Bot journalism is one of the year’s hot topics as more media brands are automating their internal processes and experimenting with the automated delivery of news on mobile. Bots can keep an eye on things for us and engage with users in a more efficient way.

In this two-part workshop, John Keefe will focus on natural language processing and conversational interfaces and help you build a Facebook Messenger bot. John has taught this popular class to journalism students and to journalists at conferences such as ONA.

We will cover:

  • How news organizations are using internal and external bots
  • Best practices and ethical considerations for deploying bots
  • How bots work
  • Natural language processing and conversational interfaces
  • Make a Facebook Messenger bot
  • Applications for Alexa

No coding is involved, so no previous experience necessary. Feel free to bring a laptop or tablet, or use one of the desktops in our computer lab.

Level: Intermediary



About John Keefe

John Keefe is a journalist, tinkerer and coder based in New York City. He works at Quartz as a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz’s breakthrough apps. Keefe also teaches a class on rapid prototyping for new ideas in journalism technology at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He was previously Senior Editor for Data News at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists who specialize in data reporting, visualizations and investigations. Keefe is the author of Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from Maker Media, which grew from his effort to make something new every week for a year.





For concerns or questions about this workshop, please e-mail pd@journalism.cuny.edu.

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