How to Use Adverse Media Report Template Editor


This help center article will help you learn how to easily configure your Adverse Media Report list source settings. For more information on how to use the Reports Template Editor overall, please see this help center article.

To access your Adverse Media Report configurations, start by navigating to the Adverse Media Report Template Editor (AMRTE) specifically. You can do this by hovering over the Reports section of your Dashboard, selecting templates, and clicking on the Watchlist template. You have now landed on AMRTE.


Configuration Summary

When you click on the configuration tab, you will see the following fields.

  • Template name - this is the name of the template. You can change it from a standard name, to whatever makes most sense to your organization. You can do this simply by typing into the box with the name, and then selecting “Save Report Template” in the upper right hand corner.
  • Categories - these are organized into different category groups that are being used to check for matches in this template. You can focus on a specific risk category, or view all.
    We classify the types of unfavorable media into distinct categories:
    • Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
    • EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (EU AML)
    • Anti-Money Laundering / Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)
    • All 
  • Article-level filtering - you can add further filtering to focus in on the following:
    • Maximum article age - Filters out any articles that are older than the specified number of days
    • Allowed article language(s) - Filters out articles published in languages other than these.
    • Allowed article countries - Filters out articles where the person would have been less than X years old
    • Minimum age of individual in publication - Filters out articles where the person would have been less than X years old
    • Only show articles with dates - If turned on, filters out any articles that do not provide a publish date
    • Only show articles with birthdate - Filters out articles that do not provide the person's birthdate
    • Birthdate match type
      • [Default] +/-1 year
        E.g. For input 12-25-2000, 01-01-1999 and 12-30-2001 will both match
      • Exact year
        E.g. For input 12-25-2000, 01-01-2000 and 12-30-2000 will both match
    • Exact day
      E.g. For input 12-25-2000, only 12-25-2000 will match

Continuous Monitoring

When you click on the Continuous monitoring tab, you will see your current continuous monitoring settings, and the cadence that the continuous monitoring is set to. If you’d like to update your continuous monitoring settings, please contact Persona for assistance, as this is currently a view only feature.

Name Match Requirements

Depending on your organization’s use case or needs, you may require either very strict or very liberal matching parameters.

Persona’s customization process is granular and detailed in order to allow our customers more control over what matches they receive, and how often they receive them (false positives).

Name matching has four options:

Exact: matches on exact name and AKAs in article or source.

Strict (Recommended): matches on exact name, allowing for subset name matching and initial matching.

Tolerant: allows for flexible matching inclusive of all settings. Allows room for typos.

Custom: set your own custom match profile.

For a deeper dive into what these options mean, and more definitions of terminology used, please see our Reports Name Match Requirements article.

Birthdate Matching

Birthdate matching for Watchlist has three options:

Exact date: matches on the exact date and year that is input into the report.

Exact year: matches on the year that is put into the report.

Within +/- 1 year from birth year (default setting): matches on the year +/- 1 year to allow for additional catches.

For a deeper dive into what these options mean, and more examples, please see our Reports Birthday Matching article.