In a recent blog post, Kris Hammond of Narrative Science asserted that as much as 90percent of news stories will be created by computers within 15 years. He cited three technology trends that support that assumption. 

Data Availability - More and more data is coming online and becoming available to computers that can crunch, dissect and spew out a reasonable basis for a story around the information. Data mining will become more commonplace within the journalism world, under the direction of editors and reporters. 

Turning Text into Data - Pulling data from text is another matter. Machines will eventually need to be able to understand descriptions of events and online discussions to parse disparate information into a cohesive narrative. Then they can combine multiple data streams around a subject into one richer story. 

Scale and the Long Tail - Data processing and mining will enable the media to drill down into smaller and smaller niches without a lot of extra work. Examples cited include personalized stock portfolio reporting, daily little league news and updates, high school and youth sports, and highly local crime reports. These little niches would not make sense in traditional news reporting, but would be highly valued by small groups who follow these things. 

Utilizing data to create content that better informs and reaches smaller niche audiences who are currently ignored will expand a media outlet's base. Since media consumers will have more control over the content they receive, the increase in data-driven news will not overwhelm, it will simply make their news consumption more personal and focused.