UK tops the charts for negative news stories

No news really is good news if you live in the UK, as a recent study shows that UK and the Netherlands are the most depressing countries when it comes to news coverage. However, at least The Netherlands counters all this negativity by also being the country that has the most positive news stories. The research, conducted in six countries, reported and analysed media sentiment from national news outlets. At a total level from all countries, the data showed that negative or neutral news stories made up over three quarters (85%) of output. Negative news was covered 32% of the time, neutral 53% of the time and positive 15% of the time. Examining the international data, news on TV was the most po

How the PR industry rediscovered its Cannes mojo

Francis Ingham, Chief Executive, ICCO The year 2019 may well be remembered as the one when PR rediscovered its Cannes mojo. Let’s be candid. The last few years have been years of disappointment for the PR industry at Cannes. The number of wins has been low. The ratio of PR firms entering compared with advertising ones has been going the wrong direction. And some judging decisions (e.g. the one last year to not award a Bronze in the Young Lions competition) have been puzzling and unhelpful. All of which has led to a significant segment of the PR industry losing faith and losing interest in the Festival. But… this year seems different. And hopefully we will be able to look back on it as an inf

Robot journalists revive hyperlocal communities left behind by declining regional media

Credit: Image by Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay This month, Swedish tech company United Robots delivered its 1 millionth article written by a robot journalist. By comparison, the New York Times would need 11 years to publish the same number of articles. Launched just three years ago, United Robots uses artificial intelligence and natural language generation to produce publishable news content from large datasets, mainly covering local sports, property sales and business. "Robots are good at generating volumes of articles from structured data sets - humans could do that too, but not at the speed and volume that robots do," said Cecilia Campbell, product and market officer at United Robots. T

FIBEP Tech Day 2019 – “Who let the developers out”

The FIBEP Tech Day was a great opportunity for developers to meet in Prague and discuss new standards, products and latest technologies. The dedicated tech workshop was hosted at the Newton Media Prague office. Over thirty CEOs, CIOs and CTOs discussed about data transmission standards, the new role of social media as a business platform, how important it is to choose the right technical partner and the significance of research. The program started with company presentations (MediaTrack, DataScouting, Zissor AS and >>OBSERVER<< GmbH Austria) that focused on different technologies. DataScouting presented its software solutions for media monitoring (print and broadcast), logo detection and ad

BARB commissions Kantar Focal Meter for deployment across UK Television Audience Measurement Panel

BARB, the UK television audience measurement currency, has commissioned Kantar, the world’s leading Television Audience Measurement (TAM) provider, to roll out its new Focal Meter router meter across all broadband homes on the UK’s TAM panel. Focal Meter will measure viewing across four screens (TVs, smartphones, tablets and PCs) to IP-delivered video content from all broadcasters and complement the existing People Meter which measures linear and time-shifted content viewed on TV Sets. Data collected using Focal Meter will allow BARB to introduce several major service enhancements to its Gold Standard currency: Collect viewing on smartphones by individual panellists for the first time and th

Robot journalism frees up journalists’ time, provides more local content

I recently received a question from two German researchers: Do journalists profit from automated journalism or do they find themselves homeless a few years later? I reflected that this focus on the potential threat of automated content to reporters’ jobs and the quality of journalism is all but gone in Sweden. This may have something to do with the fact that here almost all local media houses now use the technology every single day. The attitude to robots and artificial intelligence among the public is more positive in Sweden than e g in the United States. This may be one reason Swedish media houses use news robots more extensively than the publishing industry in most other countries. Source

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