THE GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA has published its first news story prepared by an automated system. The paper calls the AI-enabled tool ReporterMate and gives it a byline.
A footer note says ‘this story was generated by ReporterMate, an experimental automated news reporting system’. The tag includes a contact email to report ‘errors or bugs’.
- ReporterMate joins others in the autoscribe co-hort, including Heliograph at the Washington Post, RADAR at the Press Association/URBS media, and Wordsmith at Automated Insights, a natural language processing vendor that includes Associated Press as one of its clients. Similar systems operate at Reuters, Bloomberg, AFP, Mittmedia, and Toutiao, among others.
- There is no convention for naming
autoscribesystems or whether they are named at all. Nor have any standard practices emerged about publicly identifying their authorship.
story, about political contributions, has a richer narrative than others typical of the genre, which often follows a template-like structure within which thousands of individual reports may be produced, for example about financial results or sports scores. This story is one-of-a-kind. ReporterMate
The Labor party also declared $33.2m in “other receipts”, which includes money received from investments, but also includes money from party fundraisers where people pay for event tickets in lieu of donations.ReporterMate