Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 • Global

Introduction to AI Tools

We’ve been using AI tools for years and haven’t even realized it. But the influx of tools flooding the market in 2022 and 2023 raise opportunities as well as ethical and legal concerns. In this combination presentation/workshop, we’ll approach AI with “cautious curiosity” and learn how to harness the tools to save you time and work. We’ll work with MidJourney and Adobe Firefly to create photo illustrations; basic editing tools; writing prompts and updates to tools such as Google Gemini, ChatGPT, Claude and others. We’ll also explore some pitfalls of AI tools and the legal/ethical issues surrounding them.


Anyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are $25 or free for ONA members. Check your membership status or learn more about the benefits of joining ONA.

Where will the meetup take place?

This event will be hosted on Zoom. For this particular event, you’ll have the best experience if you join via the Zoom app on a desktop or laptop computer so that you can see the presentation on a larger screen. You can also join using the mobile app, although the presentation may be harder to view.

Can I dial in by phone?

We recommend joining from your computer, tablet or phone using the Zoom app. You won’t be able to access the presentation slides, chat and exercises if you’re dialed in via phone only. If you’re unfamiliar with Zoom, we’ll have staff on hand to troubleshoot, and we also suggest checking out the Zoom support site for more help.

Will this event be recorded?

The event will be recorded and made available to registrants at the end of the session.

Will closed captioning be available?

Yes, we will enable Zoom’s closed captioning tool, which now supports closed captioning in both the main room and breakout rooms.

Funding for ONA’s AI in Journalism Initiative is generously provided by Microsoft. To learn more about supporting this AI programming, contact Hanaa Rifaey, Head of Strategic Partnerships, at


Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024
2 pm-3:30 pm ET

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Mike Reilley
Senior Lecturer, University of Illinois-Chicago