Politico Europe launched the Pro Intelligence platform in September 2018, following the acquisition of the technology from Startup Statehill Inc.
Pro Intelligence is Politico’s latest venture into technology-driven solutions for European Union (EU) affairs professionals. Its software scrapes millions of legislative and judicial sources every day, pulling data together, structuring it, and presenting it in an easy-to-navigate, one-stop digital shop.
Encompassing data sets on the European institutions, European Court of Justice, and national legislatures including United Kingdom, Germany, and France, Pro Intelligence offers users instant access to more than 10 million searchable items, including information on more than 24 million votes, 1.2 million amendments, and 16,000 legislators.
Having instant access to such a huge scope of data is incredibly powerful. What’s even more powerful is combining that with experienced journalism. Politico Pro’s policy content, which thousands of professionals rely on every day, has been integrated into the platform, giving users editorial insight, context, and predictions, alongside the hard data.
By searching for a key term across Pro content, press releases, transcripts, consultations, tweets, and more, users have a clear overview of any trends — or alarm bells — on the topics they care about.
The platform has gone down a hit not only with subscribers, but also with our editorial team. The newsroom uses the tool to save time when tracking legislative developments, and journalists find it offers compelling new ways to enhance their reporting.
For example, when the European Parliament approved the copyright reform, Politico Pro’s tech team used data generated through Pro Intelligence to break down the vote by party line and geography.
The results, published just hours after the vote was held, revealed the key reason proponents of the reform emerged victorious. The European People’s Party, which had split on an earlier vote, had voted nearly unanimously for the legislation.
Pro Intelligence has brought a breath of fresh air to the newsroom, allowing journalists to showcase their reporting in original ways.
“It’s a two-way street. Just as our journalism enriches the platform every day, Pro Intelligence has opened up new possibilities for the newsroom,” said Marion Solletty, deputy policy news editor. “The vote breakdown feature is a decisive advantage when it comes to analyzing how and why key legislation passes — or fails.”
Pro Intelligence is also a key outlet for some data journalism projects that cannot be fully leveraged in traditional stories. This includes tracking election plans of more than 700 members of the European Parliament from 28 countries ahead of the May election.
“Pro Intelligence has also prompted us to cover politics and policy news with a more analytical take, diving deep into policymakers’ voting history or EU institutions’ legislative output,” Solletty said.
There’s a turbulent year ahead for EU affairs professionals with Brexit, the European elections, a new commission, and more to navigate. A priority focus for the product team will be adapting to the changing climate, constantly innovating to provide unique solutions which respond to the unprecedent challenges ahead for subscribers.
Politico’s move to combine journalism with technology in an innovative way has proved successful not only commercially but also internally. Whether inside Politico’s newsroom or among its clients, our Pro Intelligence platform is breaking the mould of traditional working methods and redefining the way we produce and consume policy journalism.