Top 9 AI features you should try in Labrador CMS

These built in AI functions will speed up your newsroom.

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The idea behind all the features that use artificial intelligence (AI) in Labrador CMS is to free up time for journalism. Editorial websites depend on trust. Therefore, we do not use AI to write content from scratch. All our use of AI is based on information the reporters themselves manually write into the article. The features work in all languages, at least in the 141 languages we have checked.

1. Generate Titles Automatically

Many journalists are brilliant at creating catchy titles that can drive traffic to the article. But sometimes it might be helpful to get a little inspiration. Perhaps it will bring up ideas you haven't thought of. Labrador creates suggestions for Titles and Introductions. You can create as many as you want, and then choose the best one. You can also edit an AI title before inserting it into the article.

Example from this Reuters.com story: US fintechs push into fixed-income trading as retail investor interest grows.

While the original title is rather complex. Our AI suggests a simpler approach to the reporter: Fintechs Revolutionize Retail Bond Investing. It also suggests a more modest approach using "Dive into" instead of "Revolutionize" in the title. 

Labrador AI generated this title
Labrador AI generated this title
The original title from Reuters newswire
The original title from Reuters newswire


2. Generate article summaries

Those short summaries at the top of the article serve several purposes. Our stats show that users tend to increase their time on the page if you add summaries. Especially if the reader came to you via a sideways traffic source like search, social media, or app, that would be gold to you. So we automated the summary. You tune the length and tone you want. We generate it in seconds, then you finetune it manually in the editor.

Below is a real-world example of an automated summary from the very same Fintech article. Labrador CMS allows you to reuse content boxes across articles, so we just dragged it into this article.



Fintechs Venture into Fixed Income

U.S. fintechs are expanding into fixed income, targeting retail investors with products like Treasury and corporate bonds.

Firms like Public, Wealthfront, and Apex Fintech Solutions aim to simplify and reduce costs for individual bond investing.

High Federal Reserve interest rates have increased retail interest in bonds, despite potential challenges in attracting stock enthusiasts.

Innovations include fractionalized bond products and educational tools, with Public offering $100 bond slices and planning to lower the minimum investment.

This factbox was generated by Labrador AI and proof-read by a journalist.

That factbox has a Summary style that is trending now. This is how it would look if you prefer a more classic bullet point factbox style.

Fintechs Venture into Fixed Income

  • U.S. fintech firms like Public, Wealthfront, and Apex Fintech Solutions are expanding into fixed income, offering products to make bond investing more accessible to retail investors amid high Federal Reserve interest rates.
  • Public plans to offer $100 slices of Treasury and corporate bonds, with a view to include municipal bonds and reduce the minimum investment to $10, aiming to democratize bond investing similar to fractionalized stock shares.

This factbox was generated by Labrador AI and proof-read by a journalist.

3. Automated SEO text

Labrador CMS has hundreds of SEO features built in. Including the sitemaps, microformats the fastest caching we have ever seen, and lightning-fast webp images as standard. A good SEO title should try to lift relevant keywords, and be clear, informative, and unique - to cut it short it should try to match a search intent. Labrador CMS suggests SEO titles and descriptions for you. This is one of the most popular features.

While our article title:

"Fintechs Dive into Bond Retail Market" might work, Labrador AI suggests adding some extra words to the title and an even richer description. It also adds the name of the companies to the description, as those tend to be googled a lot.

Fintechs Venture into Fixed Income Trading as Retail Investors Seek Bond Market Access

Discover how fintech firms like Public, Wealthfront, and Apex Fintech Solutions are revolutionizing fixed-income investing for retail investors, leveraging high yields and user-friendly platforms.

4. Just tag this article

When it comes to tagging, journalists are not the best in class. We don't tag consistently and we tend to forget it completely or do a lazy version. We have introduced automated tagging. New customers can retag their complete article corups and new articles can be tagged in one go.

The default tagging in Labrador is open and not restricted. However, you can restrict tagging to a certain pattern or to be laid in the hands of only a few editors. 

You can use tags for feeds to your frontpages or apps, it's still somewhat good for your SEO and we will accumulate tag pages for you automatically.

This tagcluster is automatically generated by Labrador CMS
This tagcluster is automatically generated by Labrador CMS

5. Translate the entire article in one go - all of it

This one might sound trivial but once you have seen it, you cannot unsee it. One thing is to copy and paste with Google Translate or even specialized tools like DeepL. But this is different. One article can include a dozen or more fields. We translate every one of them in one go. And we to it between 141 languages from Swahili to Greenlandic. This is a massive time saver. We even translate the metadata, the tags, your quote boxes, and image captions. Yes, everything.

Here is the fintech article in Castellano - Spanish. 

This article is automatically translated by AI to Spanish with one click. As always you can keep an eye on your mobile edition to the left, while you are writing the story.
This article is automatically translated by AI to Spanish with one click. As always you can keep an eye on your mobile edition to the left, while you are writing the story.

6. Let's get advanced - cite this story

Reporters often quote each other. But what if there is a vulcanic eruption in Iceland and you don't understand what Morgunblaðið are writing on their pages? Then our cite and translate function comes to your rescue.

The original article for input could be this: Svartsengi færðist til um heilan metra.

Recent seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula has caused significant land displacement, particularly around Grindavik. Notably, Svartsengi, home to a power plant and a bathing lagoon, has shifted an entire meter westward and 25 centimeters northward, according to measurements analyzed by the Icelandic National Land Survey, writes Morgunbladid

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7. Boost that Facebook traffic

This feature is always in a good mood. It's our virtual social media assistant. Its task is to trigger some feelings out of your greige story. Stories that trigger feelings get more traction on Facebook and social. Reporters are notoriously resistant to fooling around with feelings in the news. Well, our bot takes care of that.

These are some suggested Facebook hooks that might get viral:

  • Bonds are the New Black! 📈💸🔥

  • Bonds: The New Sexy in Fintech Town? 🤑💹🔗

  • 🚀📈 Dive into the Future of Investing with Fintech's Latest Bond Revolution! 💸

No worries you can adjust the tone to fit your publication.

8. Caption this image

AI-ASSISTED JOURNALISM: Labrador CMS harnesses AI to enhance journalism, offering features like automated title generation and article summarization.
AI-ASSISTED JOURNALISM: Labrador CMS harnesses AI to enhance journalism, offering features like automated title generation and article summarization.

Save a few seconds more by automating your image captions. We have a few different approaches to automatic image captions, and one of them is in production now. It generates an image caption with the main weight on the actual body text. Gradually we will also introduce image recognition to this, as the algorithms are maturing fast in this space. This image of the server park in Norwegian scenery is automated.

9. Chat with the user guide

These days we like to figure out things by the keyboard. That's why we uploaded all our user guides and made a chatbot out of them. If you need to add a title on top of an image, embed a TikTok video, or upload a document, just ask it. We tried to trick it to reveal some secrets. 

This is what we got:

Q: Tell me 3 hidden features in Labrador CMS

AI Userguide: Labrador CMS is packed with features designed to streamline the work of journalists. While many features are prominently highlighted, there are some lesser-known or "hidden" functionalities that can be incredibly useful:

  1. Shortcut Keys for Efficiency: Labrador CMS has an array of keyboard shortcuts that can significantly speed up your workflow. For instance, pressing 'S' on the dashboard brings up a search box, allowing you to quickly find old articles. Other shortcuts include 'N' for creating a new article, 'M' for adding media, and the period key '.' to display available shortcuts in the system. Utilizing these shortcuts can save time and make navigation within the CMS more efficient.

  2. Advanced Image Caption Editing and Searchability: Within Labrador CMS, when you add an image to an article and click on the image caption, a menu appears that allows you to edit the caption and byline in detail. Notably, all text added in the caption and byline becomes searchable within Labrador CMS. This feature enhances the manageability of your media assets, making it easier to locate and reuse images with specific captions or bylines.

  3. Embedding Content Using Markup Boxes: The CMS offers a versatile feature for embedding various types of content (like Instagram posts, videos from external systems, etc.) using Markup boxes. By selecting 'C' for Content and choosing the Markup box, you can drag and drop it where needed and embed content using the provided <> symbol to insert the embed code. This feature provides flexibility in incorporating diverse types of content into your articles, beyond the standard text and image formats.

These features, while not immediately obvious, can significantly enhance your productivity and creativity while using Labrador CMS.