Online Journalism Blog: How bots came to play a role in journalism: a brief history

From the Online Journalism Blog: How bots came to play a role in journalism: a brief history. “2016 was the year of the bot in journalism. In this edited extract from the forthcoming second edition of the Online Journalism Handbook, I outline what bots are, how bots have been used by media organisations from early Twitter bots to the recent wave of ‘chatbots’, and some tips and tools for getting started with journalistic bots.”