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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Pre-print #29, July-December 2019


José Luis Rojas Torrijos Universidad de Sevilla, España
Carlos Toural Bran Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, España
Title Automated sports journalism. The AnaFut case study, the bot developed by El Confidencial for writing football match reports Summary Sport coverage has become an expanding field for automated journalism due to the inherent nature of competition. Sporting events have a strong statistical basis that fosters the use of structured datasets and helps media outlets schedule news routines as a result of the cyclic, repetitive nature of matches and tournaments, and consequently of news coverage. This article is a case study of AnaFut, the first bot developed by the digital native newspaper El Confidencial. This is the first Spanish media outlet to use this technology for the automated writing of sport articles. Content analysis of eighty published sport reports, semi-structured interviews of journalists from El Confidencial, and questionnaires giving to a panel of five experts were carried out. The results show that development and application of Artificial Intelligence in journalism and in the sports field in particular is still in its early stages, and that media organizations from the most technologically advanced countries are leading the search for innovation. Keywords Automated journalism, robot journalism, data journalism, sports journalism, journalistic report.

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