The AP will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues

The Associated Press, which routinely covered some minor league stories through the 2006 season, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper of the minor leagues. Automated game stories are available for Triple-A, Double-A and Class A games, covering 142 MLB-affiliated teams and 13 leagues, according to an AP press release.

+ Earlier: Bloomberg editor-in-chief says automation is “crucial to the future of journalism” (Poynter)

+ Noted: International Business Times lays off at least 30 people and IBT Media plans to spin off Newsweek (Politico); Walt Disney Co. agreed to acquire a one-third stake in the video-streaming unit of MLB Advanced Media, in a deal that values the business at about $3.5 billion (Bloomberg); Facebook is shutting down its Paper newsreading app on July 29 (The Verge)