ONA AI Readiness for Executives — Great Lakes Region

Join ONA for an in-person AI readiness workshop for executives in Great Lakes region newsrooms. This workshop is generously supported by the Joyce Foundation.

Join us for a comprehensive, full-day interactive planning session designed to prepare your organization for AI adoption. The session will include an executive briefing on the current state of AI in journalism. Together, we will develop a framework, create a detailed punch list, forecast budgets, and identify the resource needs for your organization to experiment with and integrate AI into your operations.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT

Location: 321 N. Clark Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60654

What’s included: Thanks to generous support from The Joyce Foundation, your participation in this full-day workshop will include breakfast and lunch, travel support, and access to follow-up coaching with the trainer after the session to check in on progress and get advice as you implement what you learn during the session.

Who should attend: This workshop is geared towards executives who have final say over budgets and planning in your news organization. (One person per organization please; we will reach out after July 29 if we have more spots available once everyone has a chance to sign up!)

About the trainer

AI Strategy Consultant
Paul Cheung is a mission-driven executive with over two decades of experience leading digital transformation in the media sector, focusing on technology adoption, combating misinformation, business sustainability, and organizational culture shifts. As a strategic advisor for Hacks/Hackers, he works to enhance product development and the adoption of AI in journalism. Cheung also guest writes a column series for the Reynolds Journalism Institute, offering insights on how newsrooms and journalists with limited resources can leverage AI tools to improve efficiency and increase capacity. Over the past two decades, Cheung has significantly contributed to diversifying newsrooms and pioneering impactful journalism and partnership models. He has held leadership positions at outlets such as Center for Public Integrity, the Knight Foundation, NBC News Digital, The Associated Press, The Miami Herald, and The Wall Street Journal. He also served on boards of Center for Disaster Philanthropy and co-lead the Asian American Journalism Association’s Executive Leadership Program. He is a Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership program graduate from Columbia University and an NYU alumnus.

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This workshop is part of ONA’s AI in Journalism Initiative, your home for resources to learn, experiment with and incorporate emerging technologies into your day-to-day. Check out our full program offerings and other upcoming AI events.

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Funding for this program and ONA’s AI in Journalism Initiative is generously provided by the Joyce Foundation. To learn more about supporting ONA’s AI programming, contact Hanaa Rifaey, Head of Strategic Partnerships, at hanaa@journalists.org.