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News Rewired Presentation - OnTheWight's experience with Automated Articles - December 2015 - Simon Perry presentation

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I was invited to present at Journalism.co.uk's News Rewired conference on 1 December 2015.

Here's my presentation in the 'How can robot journalists help the media' session.

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News Rewired Presentation - OnTheWight's experience with Automated Articles - December 2015 - Simon Perry presentation

  1. 1. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 Automated articles Welcoming some automation into the Newsroom, without losing your job Freeing yourself from dull reporting, to carry out juicy investigations
  2. 2. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 Background to OnTheWight 10 years 25k+ articles 125k+ comments Uniques peaking at 100k+/month (Pop. 140k. 66k households)
  3. 3. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 Why we did it Keep ourselves amused Try automation Eventual goal - freeing up time for 'proper' reporting
  4. 4. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 Approach to project Simple, data set, not too frequent (allow for development between), formulaic articles Start simple, increase complexity
  5. 5. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 The data NOMIS Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) Issued monthly. Fixed format and range
  6. 6. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 The approach Dissect historic articles. Learn structure Language changes on size of change Variation in phrasing used Labelled as auto-assisted Human reviewed
  7. 7. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 The results
  8. 8. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 Teething problem Netflix 7:1 stock split - unusual event Us - Incorrect report caused by stray variable Cause Disconnection between editorial and development Editorial rush & assumed correct Fixes Version control, with sign off Enhance internal error checking
  9. 9. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 The power & potential Just as easy to create area-specific articles across UK Platforms Direct WordPress injection Slack Bot Potential Considerable Greatest efficiencies - multiple publications
  10. 10. @SimonPerry Notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15 Thank you OnTheWight http://OnTheWight.com Simon Perry @SimonPerry Supplementary notes http://wig.ht/newsrewired15

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