Recode contributor Michael A. Deluca has spent the past few months working with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pulitzer Prize Center, a non-profit organization that provides journalists with technical assistance to help them get better at their jobs.
In a recent piece for the Washington Post, Deluca shares his thoughts on the industry’s recent struggles, the growing pains of journalists, and what it’s like to write for a robot.
The idea for the Pulitzer Center came to Deluca after his wife, who is also a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, shared a story about a robot reporter.
In her piece, the woman shared that she worked for an organization that produced digital news content, and that their robots, who often worked for a fee, were a major reason for her to leave the organization.
Delucoff says that while his wife’s story is a common one, there are also some very important differences between the way that robots work.
For starters, in a robot newsroom, you’re not just an employee, but also a reporter.
“You’re not on a desk,” Deluca says.
“It’s really a place where you’re just an observer.
And you’re in that role a lot more than a reporter, so it’s a really difficult job.”
He says that the human eye can often miss important things like the details of an article, because it’s not looking at a live video feed.
This makes it difficult for a journalist to tell the difference between what’s real and what isn’t.
Deluca says that in some ways, the Pulitzer Award-winning Center has helped him hone his writing.
But he says that there are other challenges as well.
The center provides a lot of technical help to journalists, but it’s also very hard for them to get their jobs done, he says.
And the robots that the Pulitzer organization provides help reporters by allowing them to do more of what they normally do, but with the added challenge of being a human.
For instance, when he was at the Pulitzer-winning center, Delucas main job was managing the human team for the robotics team.
Delucase says that he had to manage a lot to maintain his level of professionalism.
But, when the robots were brought in, he found that his job became much easier.
The organization’s mission is to make journalism more accessible to the general public and to promote the values of journalism, but Deluca admits that it’s an uphill battle.
“If you’re a robot, you can’t be on the team,” he says, “and if you’re on the human side, you really have no way of communicating with the other team members.”
It’s important for the public to understand that the technology is only going to get better, he adds.
“And so we’re trying to get people to understand what the future is going to look like.
I think the human element is important, but we’ve got to be able to get to that point, and I think that’s why we’re here.”
In the end, it’s still not just a question of making journalism more human.
Delucias mission is also to keep reporters in the news.
“We’ve got a lot on the line,” he concludes.