How The Associated Press is using automation to rethink the way it does news

Lou Ferrara, vice president and managing editor of The Associated Press, has been a champion of automation at the newswire. When The Associated Press announced last year it was using software to write investment stories, the news was greeted with a mixture of wonderment and hand-wringing from journalists who feared that automation would affect the quality of coverage or … Read More

Reuters says it isn't gunning for the competition by offering free content

On Tuesday, Reuters announced it was going to begin giving away content to publishers on a scale never before seen in the news agency's more than 160-year history. It too early to tell what the policy will mean for the newswire's rivals, like The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Getty. But in an email question-and-answer session with Poynter, Reuters … Read More

Resistance is futile: AP to use computers to cover college baseball games

Graphic by Deposit PhotoOn the surface, this lede hardly is memorable: “North Carolina grabbed the lead in the top of the 10th inning as a wild pitch by Clark Labitan allowed Colin Moran to score the go-ahead run. The Tar Heels held on to defeat Virginia Tech 9-8.” Jim Murray, it is not, but dig a bit deeper and … Read More

AP staffer among those killed in Amtrak derailment

The Associated Press | The New York Times Jim Gaines, a video software architect for The Associated Press, died after an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed at least six people and injured more than 200. The AP reports that Gaines is a father of two who was on his way back home after … Read More

As Sunshine Week dawns, journalists, advocates, call for transparency

Sunshine Week, an annual initiative promoting government transparency, starts Sunday. To mark the occasion, several journalists and media organizations have taken public stands in favor of better open records laws and more transparent government. Gary Pruitt, CEO of The Associated Press Pruitt released a statement Friday that condemned the government's lackadaisical responses to The AP's Freedom of … Read More

AP will use software to write NCAA game stories

Automated Insights, a company that provides language generation software to The Associated Press and other organizations, announced Wednesday the news cooperative will use the software to produce thousands of stories about collegiate sports. The Associated Press will begin publishing automatically generated sports stories this spring, beginning with Division I baseball, according to a press release. This new partnership will allow … Read More

Robot-writing increased AP's earnings stories by tenfold

Since The Associated Press adopted automation technology to write its earnings reports, the news cooperative has generated 3,000 stories per quarter, ten times its previous output, according to a press release from Automated Insights, the company behind the automation. Those stories also contained "far fewer errors" than stories written by actual journalists. The Associated Press began publishing earnings reports … Read More

Reuters loses Tribune but is not quitting yet

General view of a Reuters building at Canary Wharf in London, Tuesday, May 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Reuters attempts to build a competitive wire service to the Associated Press suffered a major setback over the holidays when the Chicago Tribune and six sister papers ended a two-year relationship and switched back to the AP. That was a double … Read More

Russian 'law on bloggers' takes effect today

Hello there. Sorry this isn't Beaujon. Here are 10 or so media stories. Happy Friday! Russian blogger law goes into effect: It could crack down on free expression, Alec Luhn explains: "Popularly known as the 'law on bloggers,' the legislation requires users of any website whose posts are read by more than 3,000 people each day to publish under … Read More

Eighteen months after dropping AP, Tribune happy with Reuters

When newspaper ad revenues were in free fall in 2008, there was much angry complaining among editors about the high cost and inflexibility of the Associated Press service. At a gripe session in Washington, one editor compared the cooperative to the USSR's politburo.  Threats to quit were common. In the end though, AP cut its rates, offered several levels … Read More

Why are so many news organizations still worried about retweets by staffers?

Here's our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup): — At Reuters, Jack Shafer picks up on my piece yesterday about how so many news organizations — with The New York Times being … Read More
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