For another introduction to the topic:
Celeste Lecompte, “Automation in the Newsroom: How Algorithms Are Helping Reporters Expand Coverage, Engage Audiences, and Respond to Breaking News,” NiemanReports, 69(3) (2015): 32–45, http://niemanreports.org/articles/automation-in-the-newsroom/.
If you are interested in how journalists write about automated news:
Matt Carlson, “The Robotic Reporter,” Digital Journalism, 3(3) (2015): 416–431.
For evidence on how news consumers perceive the quality of automated news:
Andreas Graefe, et al., “Perception of Automated Computer-Generated News: Credibility, Expertise, and Readability,” 2015. Paper presented at the 11th Dubrovnik Media Conference Days: Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and Media, October 30–31.
For guidelines that news organizations should follow when implementing automated journalism:
Tom Kent, “An Ethical Checklist for Robot Journalism,” 2015. Available at https://medium.com/@tjrkent/an-ethical-checklist-for-robot-journalism-1f41dcbd7be2.
For a discussion of issues regarding algorithmic transparency and accountability:
Nicholas Diakopoulos, “Accountability in Algorithmic Decision-Making: A View from Computational Journalism,” Communications of the ACM (forthcoming in 2016).
For a discussion of legal implications of automated journalism:
Lin Weeks, “Media Law and Copyright Implications of Automated Journalism,” Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, 4(1) (2014): 67–94.
For a discussion of the technology’s potentials and limitations, and an overview of software providers:
Konstantin Nicholas Dörr, “Mapping the Field of Algorithmic Journalism,” Digital Journalism, 3 November 2015, available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21670811.2015.1096748?journalCode=rdij20.