Is robot journalism the future? It's not quite titanium machines in trenchcoats door-stepping celebrities or buzzing about in newsrooms, but media organisations are increasingly looking to developers to come up with smart ways to incorporate computer algorithms into the daily grind of the news industry.

We wanted to test this out, and challenged Will Franklin, a Guardian developer, to create our very own GUARBOT – in a day. Which, we'll admit, was a bit optimistic.

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