AP’s financial reporting algorithms now publish 3,000 automated stories every quarter

The AP’s story on Apple’s earnings this week, “Apple tops Street 1Q forecasts,” is one of many financial AP stories written through algorithms and a partnership with Automated Insights. When the program first began in July, each story had a human touch, checking for errors. In October, stories “went out to the wire without human intervention,” according to assistant business editor Philana Patterson. The stories written by “robots” allow reporters to take another focus: “One of the things we really wanted reporters to be able to do was when earnings came out to not have to focus on the initial numbers,” said Patterson. “That’s the goal, to write smarter pieces and more interesting stories.”

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