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    Arts

    Last-minute resources for Knight Arts Challenge South Florida applicants

    Feb. 16, 2015, 8:22 p.m., Posted by marika.lynch

    With the Feb. 23 deadline approaching for the South Florida challenge, Knight Foundation will be holding office hours from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Panther Coffee in Wynwood, where applicants can ask questions of Arts Associate Nicole Chipi. No appointment needed - just show up to...

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    Black History weekend of events at the Frank J. Johnson Community Center

    Feb. 16, 2015, 12:06 p.m., Posted by ylatimore

    Black History legends who made great contributions to society. During the last weekend in February, the Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with A Labor of Love, Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages and Helping Hands Community Outreach to present a production called "Our Story...

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    Journalism

    Prototype winner using ‘natural language processing’ to solve journalism’s commenting problem

    Feb. 16, 2015, 10:06 a.m., Posted by Vignesh Ramachandran


    Photo of Francis Tseng courtesy of Liya Safina. 

    In November, Reuters was among the largest news organizations to announce that it will close online user comments on news stories. It wasn’t a huge surprise in our contemporary digital environment where the comments section can often disintegrate into the depths of politically misguided, racially insensitive and profanity-laced conversation.

    Knight Prototype Fund winner Francis Tseng wants to change that with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    Tseng, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow, received $35,000 in support last year from Knight Foundation to build a prototype for his news aggregation application, Argos. Argos seeks to automate the creation of timelines out of news events and news stories. So instead of a person manually curating how content fits together, the right kind of automation could allow a computer to recognize articles from the same event and organize them.

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