News organizations have been experimenting with bots in order to find different ways to interact with their consumers. How can conversational interfaces help readers access information and help journalists do their jobs better? When it comes to building a good bot experience, what are some of the issues around design, platform, and tone that come into play? Come hear lessons about what is working and not working, and how to have fun with it.
John Keefe is a journalist, tinkerer and coder who works at Quartz as a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz's breakthrough apps. Keefe also teaches classes on bots and rapid prototyping at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and runs a tiny tinkering company called Really Good Smarts LLC.
Before moving to Quartz, he was Senior Editor for Data News at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists who specialize in data reporting, coding and design for visualizations and investigations. Keefe is the author of Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from Maker Media. Keefe blogs at johnkeefe.netand tweets as @jkeefe.
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