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Introduction to the Polis LSE Journalism and AI project

Introduction to the Polis LSE Journalism and AI project

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Introduction to the Polis LSE Journalism and AI project

  1. 1. Prof Charlie Beckett @CharlieBeckett June 2019 What do we talk about when we talk about AI in journalism ?
  2. 2. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A collection of ideas, technologies, and techniques that relate to a computer system’s capacity to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence.
  3. 3. * How are journalists and news organisations adapting to AI technologies? * What are the challenges and opportunities they present? * What are the financial, ethical, and editorial implications?
  4. 4. * Two structured roundtables with experts from top newsrooms in New York and in Paris * Countless other conversations with journalists and technologists What have we learned?
  5. 5. State of Play & State of Mind
  6. 6. Motivation: * Why are we adopting AI technologies ? * Where can they create value ?
  7. 7. Strategy: * What is our journalism trying to achieve ? * Do we have an editorial strategy ?
  8. 8. Participation: * Can we be more human-centred ? * How do we involve our people ?
  9. 9. Transparency: * How do we explain automation ? * How much personalisation is too much personalisation ?
  10. 10. Initial feedback from newsrooms
  11. 11. Wow! Huge opportunities for efficiency, engagement, and innovation Big questions about the complexity, costs, ownership, management and ethics Confusion over strategies, technologies and results
  12. 12. What is it? Definition matters: how does AI differ from other new technologies?
  13. 13. Reinforcing market inequalities? Barriers to entry Best-resourced news orgs benefit Others left behind
  14. 14. Strategy First, have an editorial strategy beyond ‘digital first’ Different strategies for different elements or an overarching ‘AI’ approach?
  15. 15. Leadership & culture Familiar issues around change management and technological adaption Different levels of AI knowledge within leadership Fears (jobs) Myths (humans can’t be replaced)
  16. 16. Uses Personalisation is the main focus Content creation (robot story-writing) Fact-checking/verification Data analysis Story-discovery Editorial organisation
  17. 17. Collaboration? Real desire to share knowledge, experience, best practice and even technologies Is there a role for cross-organisational development, standards-setting? Role of new intermediary organisations? Need for AI journalism networks
  18. 18. The technology companies Fear that companies like Google will dominate the provision of AI tech Need for support from tech companies like Google
  19. 19. Thank You

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