What do audiences want from online news video, and can automation help deliver?
The use of automation in journalism is encroaching more and more on what
many would consider to be journalists’ core professional roles, such as
the identification of story leads, verification, and decisions about which
stories are shown, and with what prominence. Automation has also started to
play a role in the creation of news texts, initially by helping to generate
natural language—the written word—but now also in the production of
The proportion of consumers who watch online news videos each week has
increased substantially—from 24% in 2016 to 67% in 2020 (Reuters
Institute for the Study of Journalism / Digital News Report 2020). Over the
same period, there has been an increase in the use of automation in news
This online event brings together researchers (including Irene Costera
Meijer, Nick Diakopoulos, Michael Koliska, Sally Stares, Kim Schrøder, and
Neil Thurman) technology-providers (Wibbitz), and publishers (PA Media,
Deutsche Welle, and Conde Nast) to explore what audiences want from online
news video, and whether automation can help deliver.
For registration, conference program and the full list of speakers, please
visit the event website:
We look forward to welcoming you to the virtual conference.
Prof. Dr. Neil Thurman