WAN-IFRA report on the benefits of AI in resource-challenged newsrooms

Transformation of and experiments in newsrooms

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News Automation – The rewards, risks and realities of ‘machine journalism’ report by WAN-IFRA
News Automation – The rewards, risks and realities of ‘machine journalism’ report by WAN-IFRA

A new report, ‘AI in the Newsroom’, has been published by the World Editors Forum, the network for editors within WAN-IFRA. The report is the second of the 2019 Trends in Newsrooms series. It features case studies of how artificial intelligence is being used in newsrooms around the world, plus discussion of the risks, challenges, and ethics involved with it.

Through case studies and interviews with individuals at the forefront of AI, the report offers an in-depth look at how AI is impacting and transforming the news creation process. The case studies go beyond inspiring examples from well-funded, pioneering newsrooms. Included are ideas from resource-challenged operations who are experimenting with machine learning to eliminate repetitive tasks and augment decision making, thereby freeing up journalists. The report offers expert advice for those wanting to start their AI journey.

“Through investigations such as the Panama Papers, we have seen the power of AI and what it can do for journalism. Projects on that scale require vast resources and collective effort. Many small newsrooms looking for tech solutions to solve resource issues or tailor their products don’t know where to start. We hope the examples in this report inspire them,” said Cherilyn Ireton, executive director of the World Editors Forum.

The technology is evolving rapidly, and so is experimentation and adoption. WAN-IFRA is expected to release more of its work on this subject in the years to come. The report is its second on this subject this year. It builds on ‘News Automation – The rewards, risks, and realities of machine journalism.’

Case studies

The case studies included in the report are MittMedia, Sweden, The Business Times, Singapore, Radar, UK, Aftenposten, Norway, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway. The 28-page report is available free to download for members of WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum at the following link – AI in Newsroom.

The first report in the Trends in Newsrooms 2019 edition, Audience and Community take center stage, is available here under the same terms.

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