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Robots are now capable of doing pre- and post-match coverage of 26 football leagues in a fraction of time, so you would forgive sports journalists for feeling replaceable.
But original reporting is safe in times of automation, according to Henning Johannesson, chief product officer of the Swedish company United Robots who spoke at Newsrewired earlier this month (7 July 2020).
“Look at the robot as your new colleague,” he says, adding that creating more content for diverse audiences can actually help newsrooms increase reader revenue and prevent redundancies.
United Robots turns structured data sets, such as weather updates, real estate sales and traffic incidents into automated articles. Artificial intelligence picks the angle, and natural language generation tool writes the story. The company has generated more than one million articles since 2015 for its publisher clients.
Lockdown and working from home has not been easy the media professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.
As Lucy Küng, senior research fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, noted at the Newsrewired virtual conference (29 June 2020), everyone is feeling the stress – and that will only increase as furloughed staff return to work and teams get up to full capacity.
Like many others in the industry, Journalism.co.uk decided to bring Newsrewired digital journalism conference to your computer screens instead of a physical venue due to the covid-19 pandemic. We swapped out plans to host the event in Manchester for a four-day series of discussions on Zoom – all while adjusting to working from home ourselves.
“One important takeaway for the team since launching NOA is that our users will happily listen at length to stories that provide them with added narrative. In fact, the data indicates that our listeners love opinion and analysis style pieces. (Many of them have also told us as much.)
“Their relationship with news, however, is one of lower engagement. A news-centric headline is unlikely to attract as much traffic on the app. And this is despite the fact that turnaround times during our morning and evening recording sessions are often as low as 30 minutes.
“Today, news has turned into a commodity that competes on both timeliness and cost. While this is a market segment that publishers must serve, the successful players will marry this coverage with stories that go beyond the headline to provide insight and perspective (the ‘oh, wow’ or ‘I never thought of it like that’ factors).”
Gareth Hickey is co-founder and chief executive of NOA, a Dublin based audio-journalism company that transforms articles from some of the world’s leading publishers into professionally narrated, spoken word stories. He will speak at newsrewired on 7 March.
As audience consumption habits continue to evolve as the digital media industry grows, newsrooms have been experimenting with bold new projects to engage audiences. A selection of these special projects were the topic of discussion …
Tickets to next week’s news:rewired digital journalism conference have sold out! But if you didn’t manage to get a ticket for the one-day event on 23 July in time, don’t worry – you can still buy a digital ticket that gives you access to videos of the workshops and sessions that will take place on the day.
The event takes place on Wednesday 23 July at the MSN UK office in Victoria, and we will aim to have the videos available to view within a week of the conference.
Digital tickets cost £100 +VAT. Buy yours now at this link.
There are also still spaces on our one-day workshops running in London on Thursday 24 July, which can be attended for just £200 +VAT. There are three choices of practical workshops to choose from:
Digital tickets are available in partnership with BlackRook Media.
We are pleased to announce David Ho, editor for mobile, tablets and emerging technology at The Wall Street Journal, as the keynote speaker for our news:rewired conference on Wednesday 23 July.
Ho will focus on “how news outlets and reporters can embrace the mobile revolution”, as well as considering “what comes beyond mobile and how emerging technologies will affect news and storytelling”.
In an additional workshop, later in the day at news:rewired, Ho will also highlight useful tools and apps for journalists interested in expanding their mobile toolbox.
The digital journalism conference will be held at MSN UK’s offices in Victoria, London, and will offer a range of sessions, including workshops and topical discussions, for those interested in the latest developments in digital journalism.
You can also book a news:rewired+ ticket to attend both the conference on 23 July, and a one-day training course the following day (Thursday 24 July).
We’re pleased to announce SAM, an ‘online social asset management platform’, as the latest sponsor of Journalism.co.uk’s digital journalism conference news:rewired.
The event is being held on Thursday 20 February at MSN UK’s offices in Victoria, London.
SAM, which can be used by journalists and others in the media to search, curate and organise social media content, is currently in private beta. Delegates at news:rewired will be treated to a ‘sneak peak’ of the platform, highlighting its potential use by journalists.
Founder and chief executive James Neufeld will deliver the demonstration within the journalist’s toolbox session, in the afternoon of the event.
Our next digital journalism conference news:rewired will take place on Thursday 20 February, and once again we will be liveblogging the sessions and presentations shared throughout the day.
We’re pleased to announce ScribbleLive as the event’s liveblogging sponsor. As a result, the conference livebloggers will be using Scribble’s real-time reporting platform to share the latest inspired advice and practical tips from the event. The technology will also enable them to view and curate conversations around the event hashtag #newsrw.
Tickets to the one-day conference, which is being held at MSN UK’s offices in Victoria, London, are available for just £130 +VAT.
There are also news:rewired+ tickets available for just £220 +VAT, which offer delegates access to both the one-day conference on Thursday 20 February, and a three-hour workshop the following day, Friday 21 February. Delegates can choose one of three hands-on workshops to attend: web-native video, data visualisation or searching social and verification.
Ahead of news:rewired on Friday (20 September) we’re pleased to say The Georgian House is again kindly offering delegates a 10 per cent discount on rooms.
The four-star bed and breakfast hotel is located near to Victoria Station and is just a 10 to 15 minute walk from the event venue at MSN UK, Cardinal Place, 100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL.
To book a discounted room contact the hotel on 0207 834 1438, mentioning that you are attending news:rewired.