AI Tools for News Publishers

Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t new to the news publishing industry – it has been used for several years to create template articles about predictable, data-centric news stories like public company quarterly earnings, updated government economic data, and sports scores. The Washington Post has its Heliograf tool, Bloomberg has Cyborg, Yahoo! and the AP have used tools from Automated Insights, United Robots has built tools for local news publications across Sweden, etc.

Generative AI tools have reached a much higher caliber now, both in the data being input into the models (billions of websites) and the sophistication of the output. The current wave of new tech trains on vast amounts of existing content in order to output new content based on it, as opposed to extracting structured data from trusted sources to publish new articles that feature and describe that data within a structured template.

This is the start of a new paradigm shift in publishing, media, and the broader digital economy. There are still many imperfections but the pace of improvement is accelerating. This paradigm shift will be at least as big for news publishers as the shift to digital. It will necessitate a different way of producing content and running an organization. Some publications will disappear as they fail to keep up and new ones will rise that are native to this new technology environment.

Below are some generative AI tools that news publishing companies might find helpful. I will update this from time to time on this page. Email me with suggestions of what other generative AI tools to add (or with reviews of what did vs. didn’t work well for you). Also reach out if you lead a news publisher and want to participate in some group discussions I have organized about this.

Last update: 29 March 2023


ChatGPT, Genei, Wordtune Read: summaries of long text

Elicit: finding relevant research papers, summarizing those research papers, and pulling info from across several papers to compare what they say about a specific data point or topic.

Text Creation (Drafting Articles/Posts, Summarizing, Copywriting)

ChatGPT: the driving of much of this innovation and the tech most of these other tools are built on top of.

Claude by Anthropic: heavily funded OpenAI competitor focused on chatbot needs for businesses, with emphasis on avoiding inappropriate content

Bearly, Hyperwrite, SudoWrite: general purpose writing assistant

Lex: writing assistant for newsletters, blogs, etc (built on GPT)

GrammarlyGO: AI enhancement to Grammarly’s existing editing suggestions, helping you write more concisely / articulately by rephrasing things

Compose, Linguix, Wordtune: grammar, copywriting suggestions

Jenni: grammar, plagarism check, autocomplete, and suggested citations for writers

Hypotenuse: website copy, blog posts, & social posts

Lately: social media posts

Anyword, ArticleForge, Persado, Writesonic: SEO optimized blog posts. Focused on content marketing for e-commerce but could maybe be used in news publishing.

Writer: AI for content marketing copy that fits your detailed brand guidelines & makes sure colleagues keep their writing on-brand; maybe could be used by a news publisher to make sure writers stick to the style guide or for drafting branded content posts.

Image Creation

DALL-E (by OpenAI), Midjourney, Stable Diffusion: image generation based on text prompts

Hexo: platform to help you create your own AI image generator using Stable Diffusion

Krea, Lexica, OpenArt: search a vast library of AI art by others and the prompts they used

Photo Editing

ClipDrop, PhotoRoom: remove or add items from/to images, editing, scale image bigger than resolution normally allows

facet and Imagen: photo editing assistant for pro photographers

Let’s Enhance: image enhancer & upscaling for making images larger regardless of original resolution

Podcasting: Transcription (Speech-to-Text) & Editing

Whisper: OpenAI’s API for audio-to-text transcriptions. Works for many languages and can translate to English, but most of its training data was in English so accuracy in other languages is less.

AssemblyAI, Otter: general speech-to-text transcription

Descript: transcribes podcasts and lets you edit the audio file using the transcript (like a Google Doc); can auto-remove filler words

Adobe Podcast: background noise cancellation, other editing tools

krisp: background noise cancellation for VOIP calls (including podcast recordings in Zencastr and elsewhere)

Recut: removes overly long silent pauses from podcast & video files

+ Mubert: AI generated, royalty-free music for podcasts

Audio Editions of Articles (Text-to-Speech)

AD Auris, Lovo, MurfAI, Speechify: text-to-speech for audio versions of articles. MurfAI covers 20 languages.

Video Creation & Editing

RunwayML: image & video creation and editing suite; generate images and video (from text or input photo/video), expand images beyond what was in the original, erase items from videos, make any video clip slo-mo, etc.

Fliki: text to video with AI voiceover

Steve AI: text-to-video for product, podcast, etc. videos (turns blog post into video); using library of stock content and AI generated imagery

Veed: simplified video creation and editing for people without technical editing expertise

Vidyo: creating social media ready clips from long videos

Zubtitle: subtitling videos


Deepdub, Dubverse, Papercup: video dubbing

Neural Space: speech to text, text to speech, language recognition, & translation for local languages across Africa, Middle East, and Asia

Resemble AI: voice cloning with speech-to-speech and language translation

Synthesia: Platform for lip syncing of videos so mouths of people in them match the new text; focused on localizing business videos across 65 languages


Perspective: content moderation tool (API) by Google’s Jigsaw using AI to detect toxic comments

Vectara: large language model (LLM)-based search tool for finding content within websites and apps


There are many other tools for businesses in general (accounting, legal, taxes, software development, design, etc.) that are relevant to news organizations also but I won’t try to list them here for now.