Some of Reach’s biggest regional newsrooms will start to use an artificial intelligence newsgathering platform to act as a “third eye” for finding breaking news.

Krzana is powered by AI to monitor 60,000 online sources from social media to local news sites and blogs in a news feed which can be personalised by geographic area.

Reach will initially use the platform across seven of its regional newsrooms, including in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Cambridge and Newcastle, to identify “pre-trending” news in their areas.

Karyn Fleeting, head of audience engagement at Reach regionals, said: “Krzana is a third eye in our regional newsrooms.

“This AI tool is so fast and clever, it alerts our journalists to breaking news the moment something happens.”

Krzana chief executive Steve Godman said the aim of the platform since its launch three years ago is to “help journalists discover stories in real time before they become news”.

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