Free online training: Building news bots

Join the Knight Center at the University of Texas for this free online training course. Building Bots for Journalism: Software You Talk With.

News organizations from around the world have been experimenting with news bots.

You can register early here for the free online course “Building Bots for Journalism: Software You Talk With,” taught by John Keefe, a journalist-developer from New York City. This four-week online course starts on February 12 and ends on March 11, 2018.

In this new course, you will learn how to create a bot, “a software program that responds to humans like a human, either through text or speech. You’ll then learn how to make that program accessible to others, including the general public, via several popular platforms, including SMS, Amazon Alexa, and Facebook Messenger.”

John works at Quartz as a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz’s mobile apps. I consider Quartz one of the most innovative news sites in the world, and I am grateful that John will be teaching this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for the Knight Center. John also teaches about bots and rapid prototyping at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

This course was meant for journalists but is open to anyone from anywhere in the world interested in the topic. For more details about the program, please visit the course page, where you can find also instructions on how to register: https://journalismcourses.org/BB0205.html.

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