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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.

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We start our journey with the Media Motor Europe startup network

We're excited to start our journey as one of the media tech companies making the second cycle of the  EU funded Media Motor Europe programme, fostering media industry startups and scaleups. Our CEO Sören Karlsson comments: "We're looking forward to tapping into the great resource that the participating innovation hubs, coaches and network of startups constitute. I also think it's encouraging that the EU, through its funding of the programme, clearly recognises the key role that tech in general, and AI in particular, is already playing in the future of the free press."

2020 retro: fast-forward on newsroom automation

As we near the end of an extraordinarily challenging year, the news industry is taking stock. Doing a retro, in tech development scrum speak. From our Scandinavian newsroom automation horizon, the data and insights we’ve gathered are what we expected them to be – a year or two from now. Where a year ago, robot journalism was seen as something of a futuristic abstraction outside our region, we’re now rolling out content automation projects with publishers across Europe and North America. And in Sweden, where 85% of local news sites now publish robot written articles, newsroom automation has become a matter of real strategic importance for many.

ESMG automate sports coverage for hyper local engagement

Hannes-EverysportSwedish sports data and media veteran EverySport Media Group have signed an agreement with us for automated content from the Sports Robot as well as the Transaction bot. The agreement covers match reports in ice hockey, football and floor ball as well as texts on player transactions in ice hockey. ESMG is a strategic partner to United Robots for sports data, and the two text types covered by the new agreement will be based on ESMG data from the Everysport database and Elite Prospects, the world’s largest ice hockey database, respectively. 

Gota Media signs up for all in newsroom automation

Peter-Sigfridsson-GotaSwedish local media group Gota Media is the latest of a growing fleet of Scandinavian publishing houses who see the value of automating as much of their routine reporting as possible. Since we launched in 2015, with Mittmedia (now in Bonnier News Local) as our first partner publisher, newsroom automation has become standard practice in Sweden, freeing up editorial resources and driving business effects, including reader revenues.

BT speak about automated Home sales texts at DME

In June, Schibsted’s regional title Bergens Tidende launched a completely new premium vertical on BT.no. Boligsalg (Home Sales) consists solely of robot written articles about house and apartment sales, tagged down to street level to enable hyperlocal segmentation (see image). The high quality of the articles and images combined with the accuracy of the geo targeting now drive 60–70 subscription sales a month for the Norwegian publisher.

Stavanger Aftenblad launch real estate texts

New client. A second of Schibsted's Norwegian regionals, Stavanger Aftenblad, will start publishing robot texts. SA follows sister publication Bergens Tidende in setting up a Home Sales section on the site, publishing automated texts enriched with Google Streetview, satellite maps and drone video frames – with a view to drive subscription conversions. Live in November.

How publishers leverage automated Traffic alerts

 

ZVW-traffic

Pageviews & Programmatic. German regional publisher ZVW use traffic texts to support their advertising business. The texts are published to a Staumelder (traffic jam alerts, image right) section on the website, where users are presented with info on the latest disruptions aswell as an option to select just their town. ZVW is monetizing from two to three ad placements on each article page, sold programmatically. The result: this page view driving content + ad calls are completely automatically generated.

 

 

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