Showing posts with label Journalism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Journalism. Show all posts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Der Kollege Roboter im Journalismus 4.0

Ein gut verständlicher, aufklärender - hoffentlich auch etwas verunsichernden - Überblick was Roboterjournalismus leisten kann und leisten soll, von Saim Alkan (Aexea) auf dem Frankfurter Tag des Online-Journalismus 2015 am 14. April 2015.

Und als Nachtrag zu

Journalism & Automated Writing, Machine Writing, Robot Writing - a collection of ideas and material (III.) 

Journalism & Automated Writing, Machine Writing, Robot Writing - a collection of ideas and material (II.)

Journalism & Automated Writing, Robot Writing (some notes from prehistoric times)

@aexea Durchbruch für #Roboterjournalismus: Aexea gibt Programmiersprache ATML3 für Entwickler frei

Leser halten computergenerierte Texte für glaubwürdiger als Journalistentexte 
– so die Ergebnisse der LMU Studie Wie stufen Leser die Qualität computergenerierter Texte ein?

Interview über Zielsetzung und die Resultate der Studie auf

Sharing my collection so far, for you to use, share, add: Fundstellen, Links

An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?
by Stacey Vanek Smith at npr

Nehmen Roboter Journalisten den Job weg?
by Adrian Lobe at
wg. #LSR bitte selbst googlen

Quo vadis Newsroom? Die Macht der Timelines und das Dilemma der Publisher
by Robert Franken at

@KNDoerr ... #lwc15 vielleicht interessiert dazu mein Artikel:
Algorithmic Journalism - Einordnung und Konsequenzen? 

Roboter-Journalismus: Retresco erstellt automatische Spielberichte für Web-und Print-Redaktionen
by at

Meet The Robot That’s Trying to Take My Job
by Bryan Clark at

Communicatio Socialis Ausgabe 1, 2015 u.a. zum Thema: Roboter-Journalismus

Where next for robot journalists in the newsroom?
by Jack Shepherd at

SXSW 2015: Robots, Algorithms Infiltrate The News Business, Selecting Stories And Writing Them
by Max Willens on

Monday, February 23, 2015

Event: Start-up Tour Berlin by Future Media Lab 26. - 27. February 2015 - Last Minute -

For spontaneous media people not registered yet, sign-up here (a few places are still available)

The European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) in cooperation with the Academy of the Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) offers you exclusive insights into the Berlin start-up scene and “face to face” meetings with some founders, relevant for the media industry e.g.

- tools for news collection, compression and curation
- a paid content solution
- personalized eMail / online marketing
- beacon technology for location-based marketing

Get inspired with start-up thinking, culture and ideas from

Get a detailed Startup tour description, incl. cost and registering information,  h e r e

Friday, February 06, 2015

Journalism & Automated Writing, Machine Writing, Robot Writing - a collection of ideas and material (III.)

Every reader / user should get her / his own news, individually tailored article, report, alert and/or a individually catalog listing, personalized product description, etc. - event, process, time, location and device sensitive

Journalism & Automated Writing, Machine Writing, Robot Writing - a collection of ideas and material (II.)

Journalism & Automated Writing, Robot Writing (some notes from prehistoric times)

Sharing my collection so far, for you to use, share, add: (part III): September 2014 - until today

***  please feel free to add to (and correct) the collection, your input is always welcome! 

Article & Postings collected

NYTimes Quiz: Did a Human or a Computer Write This?

If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?
by Shelley Podolny at the NYTimes

Outsouring my brain (II.) 
by David Worlock

Für Börsenberichte: Tomorrow Focus setzt jetzt auf Robotertexte mit Text-on (Retresko, siehe unter Marketplayer)
von Marvin Schade auf (bitte googeln) #LSR

Can Robots Do Public Interest Journalism?
by Nicholas Diakopoulos at

Major US news organisations - NYT, Washington Post, AP, Gannett - to develop Robot Journalists

Photo: The Register

by Lewis Page at The Register U.K.

Researchers to begin work with news organizations in an effort to advance aerial journalism
Press release VirginaTech

Why Robot? Automated journalism is no longer science fiction. It’s time to change what we call it
by Will Oremus on

Monday, September 15, 2014

Journalism & Automated Writing, Machine Writing, Robot Writing - a collection of ideas and material (II.)

Every reader / user should get her / his own news, individually tailored article, report, alert and/or a individually catalog listing, personalized product description, etc. - event, process, time, location and device sensitive

Sharing my collection so far, for you to use, share, add:

Article & Postings collection

The journalists who never sleep‘Robot writers’ that can interpret data and generate stories are starting to appear in certain business and media sectors [EN]

Yves Eudes at The Guardian

How robots consumed journalism - a time table
A look back in time reveals machines have long been after news jobs [EN]
by David Uberti at Columbia Journalism Review

Blechkollegen: Journalistische Texte mit Software erstellen [DE]
by Frank Puscher in iX

Computergestützter Journalismus: Wie Roboter den Journalismus verändern [DE]
by Stefan Betschon in der NZZ

Roboterjournalismus: Anwendungsgebiete und Potenziale [DE]
von Lars Sobiraj auf Fachjournalist

Robot Journalism – What's really possible and where are its limits? [EN]
NN at Aexea:

The Prose of the Machines
“Robots” are surprisingly good at writing news stories, but humans still have one big edge. [EN]
by Will Oremus at Slate

Should We Be Afraid Or Excited About Robot Journalism? [EN]
by Catherine Taibi HuffPost

Robots Are Invading the News Business, and It’s Great for Journalists [EN]
by Kevin Roose at New York Magazine

1. Juli 2014
Der Algorithmus – die neue vierte Gewalt? Bio-Journalisten versus Roboter-Journalisten [DE]
von Helmut Hartung (Seite 23, PDF) in Politik & Kultur Juli / August 2014

Why we should be celebrating the rise of robot journalism instead of criticizing it [EN]
by Mathew Ingram on Gigaom

The Anatomy of a Robot Journalist What do you think? [EN]
by Nicholas Diakopoulos at

Maschinen-Journalismus: Kollege Roboter schreibt die Nachrichten - Software verwandelt Daten in journalistische Texte [DE]
von Dirk Asendorpf auf Deutschlandradio Kultur

19-Mai-2014 [DE]
Robotergeschichten – Wenn Automaten Texte schreiben [DE]
Jan Tißler im Upload Magazin

8-May-2014 [DE] [VIDEO]
Roboterjournalismus: Wenn Algorithmen Nachrichten machen [DE]
with Lorenz Matzat at re:publica 2014

How to break News while your sleep
by Ken Schwencke at
#Botweek related books

21-March-2014 (Video, Podcast)
Mediatwits #114: Will Robots Take Over Simple Tasks for Journalists? [EN]
by Claire Groden at MEDIASHIFT

Robots have mastered news writing. Goodbye journalism [EN]
by Liat Clark at Wired

Der neue Roboter-Journalismus. Wie automatisierte Hilfstruppen klassische Redaktionen unterstützen [DE]
Cord Dreyer (Text-on), Frederik Fischer (Tame), Mirko Lorenz (Datawrapper), Johannes Sommer (Retresco)
European Newspaper Congress 2014 4.-6.5.2014

Achtung, robot journalist! The advent of automation auxiliaries in traditional newsrooms [EN]

Journatic made ‘very poor decisions’ about content, say Aggrego founders [EN]
by Andrew Beaujon at Poynter

Roboter Journalismus (Automated Insights) (Video) [DE]
Autor: Niklas Hoffmann, 2012 ZDF

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter? [EN]
by Steven Levy at Wired

A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!
How automated journalism and loss of reading privacy may hurt civil discourse. [EN]
by Evgeny Morozov at Slate

Some Marketplayer + Patents

Aexea , Stuttgart, DE
offers CaaS (Content-as-a-Service) 

"Als Vorreiter der automatisierten Texterstellung entwickeln wir komplexe Software, die in Sekundenschnelle verständliche und lesenswerte Texte in verschiedenen Sprachen generiert. Ob suchmaschinenoptimierte Produkttexte, Sportartikel, Wetter- oder Verkehrsmeldungen – Anwendungsgebiete für automatisierte Texte gibt es viele. Bisher erstellte AX bereits mehr als 3,1 Millionen davon."

Automated Insights, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Labsense, Paris, FR 
Co-founder Edouard de Ménibus

Labsense, a small startup in Paris, has compiled its own automated-writing code. It now works for online trading websites with large catalogues, with details of countless products, specification sheets, user manuals and such.

LocalLabs Media Services, New York, NY, USA

Content on demand for Media Companies

Narrative Science, Chicago IL, USA

Website von «Forbes» mit automatisch generierten Zusammenfassungen von Geschäftsberichten beliefert und auch Matchberichte für Kinder-Baseball im Angebot hat.

Retresko GmbH, Berlin, DE

Experte und Partner für Suche, Semantik und die Automatisierung contentgetriebener Geschäftsmodelle.

Yseop SA, Paris, FR (see under Patents)
Jean Raucher, CEO 

Yseop works for the customer service departments of banks and telecommunications companies, and news sites operated by finance companies. It also supplies advanced services to agencies investigating stock market dealings.

Wordsmith, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Fasst seit Juli für die Nachrichtenagentur Associated Press Geschäftsberichte zusammen

Quakebot für Erdbeben in LA, SF, Worldwide

See also: Achtung, robot journalist! The advent of automation auxiliaries in traditional newsrooms
Frederik Fischer (Tame), Mirko Lorenz (Datawrapper), Johannes Sommer (Retresco)  and others +++

Some related patents

Patent CBS Interactive USA (16-Aug-2012)

Techniques for providing narrative content for competitive gaming events


Narrative Generator

Patent YSEOP SA, Paris, FRANCE (13-November-2008)
Methods and apparatus for processing grammatical tags in a template to generate text

Notes: People Projects + Papers

Saim Rolf Alkan (see Aexea)  | ‏@saimalkan @Aexea

Robbie Allen (see Automated Insights)  |  @RobbieAllen @AInsights
Larry Birnbaum
Co-Director at intelligent information laboratory northwest university 
Associated professor at Medill School of Journalism, teaches Innovation in Technology, Media and Journalism

"His research in artificial intelligence and computer science has encompassed natural language processing, case-based reasoning, machine learning, human-computer interaction, educational software, and computer vision. Birnbaum has authored or co-authored more than eighty articles. He was the program cochair of the 1991 International Machine Learning Workshop and has been a member of the program committee for numerous other conferences and workshops."

Cord Dreyer (see Text-on)  |  @CordDreyer

Frederik Fischer (Tame, DE)  | @FrederikFischer

Kris Hammond (see Narrative Science)  |  @KJ_Hammond @narrativesci

Johannes Sommer (Retresco) @retresco
(unvollendet - Ergänzungen, Hinweise immer willkommen!)

Journalism & Automated Writing, Robot Writing (some notes from prehistoric times)

Every reader / user is getting her / his own news, individually tailored article, report, alert and/or a individually catalog listing, personalized product description, etc. ...  [continue here]

I. Prehistoric times 

- The history: Newspaper a bit of something -  a bit of everything

- Custom compilations via Feeds / Feed Subscription:
RSS (first released March 1999), Atom ->  Feedreader  ->  feedly, Flipboard, netvibes, pulse (LinkedIn), Reverb, taptu, etc.

- Custom compilations from newspapers, magazines (from each publishers DAM, in Switzerland the SMD schweizer mediendatenbank?). Pick of newspaper / magazine articles based interest, expectations and brand loyalty.


Schweizerische Post startet / stellt die personalisierte Zeitung «My Newspaper» ein. (xR)

With Technology / Software from Medieninnovation

Patent (WO03052648)
Deutschland und der Europäischen Union, den USA, Kanada und Australien; weitere Anmeldungen laufen. Das umfangreiche System- und Verfahrenspatent dokumentiert unsere leistungsstarken Verfahren, das die Herstellung vielfältiger kundenindividueller Druckerzeugnisse, wie individualisierte Zeitungen, Magazine, Kataloge und Informationsbriefe, ermöglicht.

Previon Schweiz Software Solution for ...

In Germany 

Niiu out of Berlin (DE) + Goa (IN) (2009, on hold, restart)

Niiu  0.X  Printprodukt (November 2009, Januar 2011 xR)
Niiu  1.0  iPad News App (August 2013)
Niiu  2.0  iPad App (April 2014)

PersonalNews - Syntops, Augsburg startet (Februar 2010) die individuelle ePaper Tageszeitung  (eingestellt xR)

(unvollendet - Ergänzungen, Hinweise immer willkommen!)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Web 2.0 Summit 09: "Discussion: Whither Journalism?"

via O'Reilly Media

John Battelle (Federated Media Publishing)
Martin Nisenholtz (The New York Times Company)
Marissa Mayer (Google)
Eric Hippeau (The Huffington Post)
Robert Thomson (The Wall Street Journal)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Warum brauchen wir arrogante, besserwissende Chefredakteure und Journalisten

als Vormünder und Gatekepper mit Tausende von uninteressanten Artikeln, in oft sinnfreier Zusammenstellung und Darbietungsform? Und wir sollen die dafür Verantwortlichen auch noch bezahlen, wo wir doch alle unsere 'Soziale News Filter' haben, die wir auswählen und als Freunde sehen können?

Chris Anderson diskutiert auf die Herausforderungen der Presse durch das Internet und die sozialen Medien. Gedankensplitter:

Media und Newsmedia sind die Barrieren, die sich den Nutzern in den Weg stellen, ihn behindern

Wofür nach News suchen? Sie kommen zu uns via Twitter, per eMail, RSS und in Konversationen

Klar lese ich auch viele Mainstream Artikel, aber immer nur dann, wenn sie mir von meinen Freunden (und sozialen Filtern) empfohlen werden

Das Problem mit diesen Artikeln ist ja auch nicht wie sie entstehen, sondern wie sie gepackt und zugeteilt werden. Und die guten sind absolut in der Minderzahl zu dem was insgesamt angeboten wird

Und wo ist das Web-basierende Business Modell? Mehr / lesenswert

Monday, March 16, 2009

The State of the [US] News Media Report 2009

"The State of the News Media 2009 is the sixth edition of our annual report on the health and status of American journalism ..." presenting aggregated and original research on US Cable TV, Local TV, Magazines, Network TV, Newspapers, Online and Radio

Index 2009 | Chart Index

From the Intro:

"This is the sixth edition of our annual report on the State of the News Media in the United States.

It is also the bleakest.

Much of what we have noted in the past holds true. The old media have held onto
their audience even as consumers migrate online. In 2008, audience gains at
sites offering legacy news were far larger than those for new media. The old
norms of traditional journalism continue to have value. And when you look at the
numbers closely, consumers are not just retreating to ideological places for news.

The problem facing American journalism is not fundamentally an audience
problem or a credibility problem. It is a revenue problem & the decoupling,
... , of advertising from news ..."

Later Note about two Special Reports by the Project for Excellence in Journalism

Citizen-based Media

New Journalism Ventures

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We should search and innovate models for paying reporters

rather than resuscitating old models for employing publishers ... or 'Why Small Payments Won't Save Publishers' by Clay Shirky - recommended read -

Jeff Jarvis on Buzz Machine Can journalism go with the flow?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

More Cloud Computing, more Cloud Journalism?

Lisa Williams ( contemplates about journalism is moving away from the dedicated news organization [newspaper] model and moving more and more toward an on-demand service model, similar to Amazon’s EC2 service ..

“EC2 isn’t storage. It’s compute cycles, the raw power of a server as it does what computer programs do: serve Web pages, generate maps, whatever. You use EC2 as an insurance policy. Instead of buying powerful servers just in case you get a ton of traffic or new users one day, EC2 lets you buy compute cycles like you buy electricity: a lot when you need it, a little when you don’t. Services like these are generally called cloud computing because when you draw a diagram of your nifty new system, you’ll represent these third party services as a cloud — opaque, because you don’t care what’s in them, just that you get reliable utility from servers and storage that are ‘in the cloud.’”

“I think sites like GlobalPost, and many others I could name are the first inklings of ‘journalism in the cloud.’ Just as many tech outfits have figured out that it’s too expensive to have too many fixed assets, many news outlets are faced with the fact that they can’t support the same number of foreign correspondents or beat reporters. The fundamental experiment that these sites are running, each with their own protocol, is this: How can we make journalism happen where it’s needed, when it’s needed, and then redeploy elsewhere when things change?” more

via / more from Amy Gahran on

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Middleberg/SNCR: Social Media & Journalists Survey Reveals Generational Gap

by Jennifer McClure

journalists across all age groups and beat assignments are rapidly adopting social media tools into their everyday work

- 71% use Wikipedia
- 68% of all respondents use blogs to keep up on issues or topics of interest
- 48% of all respondents use LinkedIn
- 46% use blogs to research an individual organization
- 45% use Facebook to assist in reporting

Key findings among youngest versus older journalists:

- 100% of Millennial respondents (i.e., 18-29 year-olds) believe new media and communications tools are enhancing journalism, versus 40% in the 50-64 demographic
- 87% of 18-29 year-olds believe bloggers have become important opinion-shapers, versus 60% of 50-64 year-olds
- 87% of 18-29 year-olds confirm that new media and communications enhances the relationship with their audience, versus 42% of 50-64 year-olds


Prelimary findings by Don Middleberg & Jennifer McClure
(2008 SNCR Research Symposium presentation, ppt format)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

OJB: Blogging Journalists Survey Results by Paul Bradshaw

Paul shares on OJB the results of his survey on how journalists with blogs feel their work had been affected by the technology - 200 blogging journalists responded, from 30 different countries.

Already Online
Blogging journalists pt1: survey results pt.1: context and methodology

Blogging journalist pt2: Blogs and news ideas: “The canary in the mine”

Blogging journalists: pt3: Blogs and story research: “We swapped info”

Blogging journalists pt 4: Blogs and news production: “I think in hyperlinks, even when working in print”

Still To come
- Blogs and news production : “I think in hyperlinks, even when working in print”
- Post-publication: “You’ve got to be ready for that conversation”
- Blogging and the audience relationship: “The best stories are a result of incredible conversations”
- Discussion and conclusion: “The writing on the wall”

If you are interested to get (over time) the whole story use his tag blogging-journalist. Or even better, for all interested and/or active in Online Journalism, subscribe to OJB's blog feeds, if you haven't done so already.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Representative Journalism - One Kind of the Future of Journalismus

You have a cause, can bring in / organize a participating community and provide founding - hire a professional journalist ad go

Anyone can be a fully engaged, dedicated publisher ... like in the good old days!

via / at PJnet Leonard Witt

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New on My Blogroll: (Journalism)

Matt Thompson explains his ideas and why:

"Although many use the terms "news" and "journalism" interchangeably, I think that journalism also encompasses something much more important — context. News certainly has its place. But I aim to use this site to advance the discussion of how we can better use the Web to deliver context in journalism."

Until recently, newspaper editors defined news as “important developments over the past 24 hours” ... more

Check it out (wo)man!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Newsquest axes sub editors in London and give reporters an up to 31-point job description

Patrick Smith wrote on

"Staff ... were told that sub-editors would be replaced by multimedia journalists, responsible for writing news and features; subbing and designing pages; shooting video; taking pictures; working the new content management system; blogging and writing news stories online; processing pictures for print and for the web and looking after trainees."

"The job description for Newsquest London's new senior multimedia journalist position includes the following points
- Editorial duties...including writing, uploading, editing, subbing, photography and video.
- Maintaining a presence in local communities while meeting changing content and production demands.
- Contribute fully to productivity of editorial team, regularly contributing ideas and subjects for multimedia content including news, features, photographs, picture galleries, videos, blogs and campaigns.
- To act as mentor to trainee journalists and perform duties of other editorial managers on a temporary basis.
- To demonstrate knowledge of the area, local issues and key influencers.
- To engage with an expanding network of contacts.
- To actively encourage community generated content in print and online, including blogs, commmeents, videos and photographs.
- To attend a variety of events, including evening and weekend events where appropriate.
- To ensure that all relevant benchmark and productivity targets are met consistently.
- To respond quickly, with multimedia options considered, to breaking news stories in or out of office hours, either personally or by alerting the relevant manager.
- To consistently demonstrate advanced subbing, design and production-related skills.

via / more

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Journalist's Take on the challenge of Social Media - save Your Ass

Actually, I have no idea why (and how) journalism should save the world. And I am not so sure either, whether I find this desirable at all. But journalism is an art, an hopefully useful set of skills, so let them join in and network.

Charlie Beckett wrote a book on Networked Journalism. It is called

Super Media
Saving Journalism so it can save the world

ISBN: 978-1405179232

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why We Must Save Journalism So that Journalism Can Save the World.
1. "Help! Help! Who Will Save Us?": The New Media Landscape.
2. "Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No! It's SuperMedia!": Networked Journalism.
3. "Will Nobody Do Anything to Help?": Networked Journalism and Politics.
4. Fighting Evil: Terror, Community, and Networked Journalism.
5. We Can All be Super Heroes: Networked Journalism in Action: Editorial Diversity and Media Literacy.

It is, as Adrian Monck, head of the Department of Journalism and Publishing, City University, London says, a serious, accessible introduction to the challenges facing contemporary journalism, intellectually and professionally. And Jeff Jarvis, blogger and professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism likes it because it favors the idea and practice of networked journalism. Richard Sambrook, BBC News that 'This important book charts a course through journalism's current crises of Trust, Economics and Technology and points to a way of reconnecting with a broad social purpose.'

So I pass on their recommentation more

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

News Site that sends their users 'away' might do the right thing

to get the love back from their readers.

From Scott Karp at Publishing 2.0

Common 'understanding' ...
News sites are reluctant to send readers away by linking to third-party content. First, you shouldn’t send people away or else they won’t come back to your site. Second, a page with links that sends people away has low engagement, which doesn’t serve advertisers well.

The truth 'understanding'
A News site who sends it's users all the time to third party sites and provides lots of links gets the most engagement and highest timeshare ...

more The vs. 29 other news sites
Btw., Drudge is one of largest referrer of traffic to many news sites on the Web

Business and consumer publisher also trapped in this wrong perception and belief that their user have the greatest possible benefit by remaining on their site - so they prevent users to give their love back to the site for a great service not delivered. Users need at least one referrer in each category - ideal for B2B, if the want to play the lead role.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Transforming American Newspapers (Part 2)

by Van Crosbie (Part 1)

General Interest publications had their best days. Editors must un-learn, must be de-conditioned to seleced and mix

- stories which they think everyone 'should be informed'
- stories that they think have the greatest common interest

and publishers should stop

- defining what they deliver within one (for all) fix given structure & determined by a given income
- match (reduce) efforts & cost, to a given income

more - recommended read

Zu Part 1:
Kommt der plötzliche Tod der Gattung Tageszeitungen?

Also interesting and somewhat connected Jeff Jarvis on
Are editors a luxury that we can do without?
debate about the "?" on BuzzMachine
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