The Washington Post, one of the oldest and most venerable news establishments in the US, aims to conversely act as a beacon for the future of journalism with its Heliograf software. Implemented in late 2016 and used extensively in the weeks leading up to the recent news surrounding the US election and the new president's flurry of activity, Heliograf automates the process of reporting simple, straightforward journalism, freeing up human writers to focus on bigger stories.
Heliograf debuted during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where it was used for simple updates about things like victories and medal counts. It soon transferred to work on the election, where editors would program in stock phrases that would relate to generic things like district election outcomes. The Post sees Heliograf as a way to more efficiently provide local news to consumers.
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