Project Details

Description

Publishers are downsizing newsrooms and reducing resources needed for producing engaging content, especially content consumed by smaller communities. Without local customized content there can be no local revenues. At the same time the input for news, ie. public and private data, is to an increasing degree published openly in digital format, but journalists and editors are lacking competence in processing this digital data on a large scale. There is a need for a new breed of “meta journalists” that are able to work with scalable datadriven content. Media companies are also collecting vast amounts of user data, but lack the skills to combine them with journalistic content and advertisements to create a seamless and engaging user experience. We are bringing forward a solution to these problems. We suggest automation of editorial processes involving the gathering, production and distribution of content of engaging news, especially over smartphones and emerging mobile devices. This allows for new opportunities in the media business, attracting entrepreneurial efforts. It also assists conceptual changes in current media companies. Our aim is to create a road map and a demonstration of a future news ecosystem based on automated storytelling and intense audience engagement and user experience. Stories powered by data and machine learning will lead to a dramatically more personal and customized news experience with localisation of content as a key feature.
Short titleImmersive Automation
AcronymIA
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/12/201631/05/2018

Funding

  • Viestintäalan tutkimussäätiö: €23,333.00
  • Sanoma Media Finland Oy: €5,000.00
  • Alma Media Oyj: €5,000.00
  • Conmio Oy: €1,666.00
  • Tekes: €213,999.00
  • Svenska kulturfonden: €3,333.00
  • KSF Media Ab: €1,666.00
  • Keski Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj: €5,000.00

Fields of Science

  • 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
  • news automation, Natural Language Generation, Machine learning, innovation
  • 518 Media and communications
  • journalism, media

Research Output

  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Article

News Automation: The rewards, risks and realities of 'machine journalism'

Linden, T. C-G. (ed.), Tuulonen, H. E. (ed.), Bäck, A., Diakopoulos, N., Granroth-Wilding, M., Haapanen, L., Leppänen, L. J., Melin, M., Moring, T. A., Munezero, M. D., Siren-Heikel, S. J., Södergård, C. & Toivonen, H., Mar 2019, Frankfurt: World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA. 55 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Open Access
File

No landslide for the human journalist: An empirical study of computer-generated election news in Finland

Melin, M., Bäck, A., Södergård, C., Munezero, M. D., Leppänen, L. J. & Toivonen, H., 1 Aug 2018, In : IEEE Access. 6, p. 43356-43367 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Towards Data-Driven Generation of Visualizations for Automatically Generated News Articles

Alhalaseh, R., Munezero, M. D., Leinonen, M., Leppänen, L. J., Avikainen, J. E. O. & Toivonen, H., Oct 2018, Proceedings of the 22nd International Academic Mindtrek Conference. ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, p. 100-109 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Activities

  • 6 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

The 4th Computational Linguistics Unconference

Leo Leppänen (Speaker: Presenter)

23 Jun 201724 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

The 21st International Academic Mindtrek Conference

Leo Leppänen (Speaker: Presenter)

20 Sep 201721 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Tutorial on Evaluating Natural Language Generation Systems

Leo Leppänen (Attendee)

7 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars