Emerging tech for journalists: Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is being incorporated into more of the tools journalists and news organizations rely on daily, across newsgathering, production and delivery functions. During ONA22, we explored how AI is filling gaps and helping journalists to dig deeper into their subject matter.
Successful incorporation of AI into newsrooms relies on human communication and control. Artificial Intelligence: Supporting Journalists and Understanding Audiences stresses that AI is only as good as we allow it to be. Human-led processes need to monitor completely AI-generated content like charts, infographics and sports scores, while leveraging AI-assisted content for the data it can mine for journalists saves time – bots collect the information that subject matter experts use to inform their work.
Computers are good at repetitive tasks. Let them do that. Public service and breaking news, analysis and trends and local data breakdowns are just some of the things AI can generate for journalists. In Automating Local News: How We Built it, What We Learned, experts showed how Natural Language Generation can fill in gaps in local news and drive content that informs readers, grows audiences and revenue, and enables reporters and editors to give readers more of what they want.