AI Challenge

Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe presents Artificial Intelligence

19:30 - 22:00

Grand Theatre

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism

Artificial intelligence is already revolutionizing the news industry, as organizations use machine learning to automate thousands of stories, sift through massive data sets to find trends and outliers, and build bots that scale individual conversations with their audiences. That's just the beginning. But as the potential for artificial intelligence grows, so do the ethical implications. This event will explore the pitfalls and possibilities of how AI will transform the way we report — and consume — the news.

The show will be hosted by Marja Doedens

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  • How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Us Crack More Panama Papers Stories By: Marina Walker (The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists)

    The Panama Papers is an unprecedented investigation that reveals the offshore links of some of the globe’s most prominent figures. With the help of artificial intelligence ICIJ’s data and research unit indexed, organized and analyzed the 2.6 terabytes of data that make up the leak, using collaborative platforms to communicate and share documents with journalists working in 25 languages in nearly 80 countries.

  • Using Artificial Intelligence to make sense of text By: Thomas Derksen (Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe)

    One of the issues faced by journalists, researchers and businesspeople alike is making sense of very large amounts of textual data. Finding information that is significant in enormous dossiers full of unstructured documents can be very time-consuming or even downright impossible. Luckily, in this age of smart algorithms, there are AI-techniques that can offer a solution. With techniques like Named Entity Recognition, Automatic Summary Generation and Keyword Extraction, documents can be structured in a way that makes searching through them more feasible. In this presentation, we will go over some of these techniques, their inner workings, and some practical examples.

  • How will AI help investigative journalism? By: Eric Smit (Follow the Money)

    Eric Smit from the research collective Follow the Money talks about how AI (will) help them with their investigative journalism and how the results of the investigation can be better shared with the members of their platform

  • Tailored sportsnews in a personal timeline; Sport Noord AI News Recommender. By: Ard Boer (NDC mediagroep)

    Ard Boer will present the new Sport Noord newsfeed where content is selected by an AI recommender. Most news outlets present the same content to all their users. The Sport Noord AI Recommender provides all users with a tailor-made newsfeed based upon their own preferences and behavior.

  • Robot journalism By: Sören Karlsson (United Robots)

    United Robots is a Swedish technology company, which provides automated editorial texts generated from large data sets, such as sports result. In Sweden robot journalism is already making a difference, with local media supported by 2000 articles a day written by their robots. It is the only provider of automated articles for the newsroom which has its roots in journalism and whose services are created specifically for the publishing industry.


Marina Walker Guevara

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Network at International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Network at International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

Marina Walker Guevara is director of strategic initiatives at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a network of reporters in 80 countries who collaborate on stories of global concern. She has managed the two largest collaborations of reporters in journalism history: The Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, which involved hundreds of journalists using technology to unravel stories of public interest from terabytes of leaked financial data.

Eric Smit

Journalist/co-founder of Follow the Money

Co-founder Follow the Money

Eric Smit is journalist/social entrepreneur with a specific interest in the flows of money and most of all: gripping stories. He is co-founder and editor in chief of Follow the Money (, the first independent (for profit) platform for investigative journalism in the Netherlands.

Ard Boer

Productmanager at NDC mediagroep / co-founder at New Music Labs / speaker

Product manager at NDC mediagroep

Chief scientist and co-founder at New Music Labs.

New Music Labs is a Groningen (Netherlands) based company that develops creative concepts for music industry. Think full-blown artist websites, web applications & iPhone Apps. New Music Labs also develops and executes viral marketing concepts for established and upcoming artists. We get our kicks out of helping you get your music heard.

Thomas Derksen

Artificial Intelligence engineer at Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe

Artificial Intelligence at Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe

Thomas Derksen is an AI engineer and backend developer at Goldmund Wyldebeast and Wunderliebe. After finishing his master's degree in Artificial Intelligence in Groningen in 2016, he has worked on a wide array of AI-related projects. These projects range from automatic urban sound quality assessment to image classification tasks on old Egyptian artifacts.

Sören Karlsson

CEO at United Robots AB

CEO at United Robots AB

Sören Karlsson, 55, is the CEO and co-founder of the Swedish technology company United Robots. The company specializes in automatically creating editorial content from large data sets for publishers, through data analysis and Natural Language Generation (NLG). Prior to United Robots, he worked as a journalist in Sweden for many years. His long experience and understanding of journalism and what works in a newsroom is behind the success that United Robots has gained in Scandinavia. Today, almost all local media houses in Sweden publish automatic content from United Robots. United Robots also has customers in North America.

Marcel Broersma

Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Marcel J. Broersma (1973) is full professor of Journalism Studies and Media at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is head of the Journalism department and director of the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. At the Journalism Department he co-directs the MA Program in Journalism and he is director of studies of the international MA in journalism. His research interests focus on the transformation of journalism, the innovation and diffusion of forms and styles of journalism, on political communication, and on local and regional journalism. He has published widely on both the history and current development of journalism in the Netherlands and comparatively.


Marja Doedens

Manager at Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe

Manager at Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe

Marja Doedens likes to keep up with the latest trends and technologies, for example by visiting the SXSW festival in Austin, where this year developments in journalism were a priority. Besides taking care of our customers she loves to get people excited about the possibilities of IT in general and AI specifically and she has been the host of many GWW Mengvoer shows. In daily life she is manager at Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe.


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