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What we’re talking about: the latest about news automation

We work hand-in-hand with our publisher partners. Together we develop the content and we support their distribution requirements - and we like to talk about it.

Here, you can stay up-to-date with what goes on in our publisher universe.


Advance Local share insights on automation roll-out at INMA workshop

We're thrilled to announce that we'll be hosting a workshop during INMA's upcoming Media Subscriptions Summit in New York City, headlining our US publisher partner Advance Local. United Robots has worked with the group since mid 2022, and from the start it was apparent that this publisher has a very robust methodology for testing and rolling out new features and content across the group. VP Content Strategy Lamar Graham and Matt Dowling, Director of Breaking and Local News, NJ Advance Media will take to the stage in NYC to share insights in how the publisher has experimented with and is rolling out automated real estate and weather warnings content across its ten local titles.

Voetbal International adds robot written match reports

Dutch soccer site Voetbal International, part of sports publishing group PXR, has added robot written match reports to their match center on the site – where they publish live results and standings. This automated articles are in addition to the regular match reports on the site, which are still produced by the journalists.

Future Today 2023 report: United Robots "one to watch"

We are very excited to announce that we've been named as one of the "Ones to watch" in the 2023 edition of the prestigious Tech Trend Report from the Future Today Institute, and its famous quantitative futurist founder Amy Webb. We're included in the News & Information vertical, along with key players in our field. The new edition of this seminal Report was announced by Amy on stage at SXSW. 

Media veteran new chairman of the board at United Robots

We're very excited to announce that media veteran Jonas Eriksson has joined United Robots as Chairman of the Board. Jonas has a background in e g Bonnier and was the CEO and chief editor of Swedish news agency TT for eight years. He was also the president of Minds, an industry association for news agencies globally, including AP, AFP and Kyodo in Japan. As of 2019, Jonas works as chairman of the board of a number of Swedish companies including MAG Interactive and Pepins. He joins us at a time of international expansion, which, in parallel with the explosion in AI, means news publishers are increasingly waking up to the value of automated content.

“United Robots has proved that it is possible to generate editorial quality automated content, which means routine reporting can be done by robots. Leveraging this tech, publishers can focus even more on quality journalism – thanks to freed up reporter time as well as monetisation opportunities gained through the expanded automated coverage. United Robots has created a market for their pioneering tech and products, and I very much look forward to being part of this journey going forward,” says Jonas Eriksson. 

New product: Hurricane updates for US

In partnership with US local media group McClatchy, we have developed a Hurricane bot, which creates automated updates on data from the National Hurricane Center in the US. The bot was put to the test as hurricane Ian made land fall at the end of September (the image is from its land fall over the Carolinas).

United Robots + partners headline new automation report

We’re proud to note that United Robots publisher partners feature heavily in a big, new international report on automated journalism from INMA (International News Media Association). While we’ve not been directly involved in the production of the report, it relies on several cases from our publisher partners and draws on insights provided by us and our clients during workshops and webinars over the past ten months. And its two main takeaways are that 1, automation is good for the bottom line, and 2, it frees up time for (but does not replace) journalists.

We work with top US real estate data  company PropMix

We're happy to announce that in the US market we're now working with PropMix – a collaboration that enables media companies to deliver hyper local real estate articles containing sales and market insights. The partnership means we're able to provide highly relevant and timely real estate news stories for local media companies to attract readers – based on top quality data from a renowned provider.

Two Swedish groups live with automated business articles

Swedish local media group Stampen was the first in the country to publish our new automated business articles, based on annual reports, on their sites Hallands Nyheter, Hallandsposten and TTELA in April. 
A few weeks later, another major Swedish local media company, NTM, followed suit, publishing the business articles on Upsala Nya Tidning. NTM have also opted to include the automatically generated data visualizations we offer via our new partner, Norwegian data visualization experts everviz.


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