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Newspaper conglomerate Gannett is adding AI-generated summaries to the top of its articles

May 17, 2024 - Journalists participating in the pilot program will use AI to produce bulleted “key points” of their story.

Gannett’s new contract language around AI unsettles local union

May 14, 2024 - In recent contract negotiations with parent company Gannett, a local newsroom union is fighting over the extent to which generative AI will be used for news content generation.

Web publishers brace for carnage as Google adds AI answers

The tech giant is rolling out AI-generated answers that displace links to human-written websites, threatening millions of creators.

AP updates guidance on generative AI standards

May 13, 2024 - AP has updated its guidance on the use of generative AI in the news report to allow for some experimentation around the use of the technology in specific use cases.

Impact of AI on local news models

May 8, 2024 - AI is disrupting the local news industry: Will it unlock growth or be an existential threat?

Many Americans think generative AI programs should credit the sources they rely on

March 28, 2024 - Overall, 54% of Americans say artificial intelligence programs that generate text and images, like ChatGPT and DALL-E, need to credit the sources they rely on to produce their responses. A much smaller share (14%) says the programs don’t need to credit sources, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. About a third say they’re not sure on this question.

Your newsroom needs an AI ethics policy. Start here.

March 25, 2024 - Until we create standards around artificial intelligence — even though it’s early in the game — we are holding back innovation.

NewsGuard launches suite of AI anti-misinfo tools

March 17, 2024 - A fact-checking outlet is trying to teach artificial intelligence not to unwittingly spread fake pictures, videos, and other hoaxes about Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the leadup to the 2024 election.

OpenAI says New York Times 'hacked' ChatGPT to build copyright lawsuit

February 28, 2024 - OpenAI has asked a federal judge to dismiss parts of the New York Times' copyright lawsuit against it, arguing that the newspaper "hacked" its chatbot ChatGPT and other artificial-intelligence systems to generate misleading evidence for the case.

OpenAI seeks to dismiss parts of The New York Times’ lawsuit

February 28, 2024 - The artificial intelligence start-up argued that its online chatbot, ChatGPT, is not a substitute for a New York Times subscription.

House stands up new task force to tackle AI policy issues

February 21, 2024 - The bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is aimed at formalizing an ongoing congressional effort to regulate emerging artificial intelligence technology.
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AP to launch AI training program, coverage expansion with 2 new grants

February 21, 2024 - The Associated Press will expand its coverage of artificial intelligence and bring training to global newsrooms on how to cover AI across every beat with funding from the Omidyar Network and the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.

Combating abusive AI-generated content: a comprehensive approach

February 14, 2024 - Each day, millions of people use powerful generative AI tools to supercharge their creative expression. In so many ways, AI will create exciting opportunities for all of us to bring new ideas to life. But, as these new tools come to market from Microsoft and across the tech sector, we must take new steps to ensure these new technologies are resistant to abuse.

OpenAI CEO warns that ‘societal misalignments’ could make artificial intelligence dangerous

February 13, 2024 - The CEO of ChatGPT-maker OpenAI said Tuesday that the dangers that keep him awake at night regarding artificial intelligence are the “very subtle societal misalignments” that could make the systems wreak havoc.

AI adoption in newsrooms presents 'a familiar power imbalance' between publishers and platforms, new report finds

February 12, 2024 - Uncertainty in the news industry, hype around AI, and hope for better business models and new revenue streams have all helped to drive news organizations to adopt AI technology, a new report from the Tow Center of Digital Journalism at Columbia University finds.

Inside the battle to label digital content as AI-generated media spreads

February 8, 2024 - Google is joining Microsoft, Meta and Adobe in supporting a standard for labeling media that can describe who created an image or video, when and how it was created, and the credibility of its source, the company announced Feb. 8.

Artificial intelligence in the news: How AI retools, rationalizes and reshapes journalism and the public arena

February 8, 2024 - Drawing on 134 interviews with news workers at 35 news organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany and 36 international experts from industry, academia, technology and policy, this report examines the use of AI across editorial, commercial and technological domains with an eye to the structural implications of AI in news organizations for the public arena.

Facebook, Instagram ramping up labels on AI-generated images ahead of election

February 6, 2024 - Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, said Tuesday it is ramping up its capability to detect and label images generated by artificial intelligence (AI) ahead of elections in the U.S. and abroad.

Here’s how we’re working with journalists to create the newsrooms of the future with AI

Microsoft is launching several collaborations with news organizations to adopt generative AI.

Could a court really order the destruction of ChatGPT? The New York Times thinks so, and it may be right

January 26, 2023 - Can a federal court actually order the destruction of ChatGPT? And second, if it can, will it?

Feds launch inquiry into AI acquisitions at top tech companies

January 26, 2023 - With the world's tech giants investing billions in AI partnerships, the FTC is launching an inquiry into these transactions and their potential impacts on a rapidly changing market.

Zuckerberg says Meta training next generation of AI models

January 19, 2024 - Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that the company is training its next generation of artificial intelligence (AI) models and hopes to make it accessible to everyone through products such as AI smart glasses.

Senators hear testimony that AI is worsening news industry’s troubles

January 11, 2023 - News leaders told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that journalism is at risk of being snuffed out by tech giants that apparently care more about growing profits than preserving this cornerstone of democracy. Wednesday’s hearing focused on the latest threat to the battered local news industry, artificial intelligence systems scraping and regurgitating the work of print and broadcast journalists with little to no attribution or compensation.

Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on oversight of artificial intelligence (AI), future of journalism

January 10, 2023 - Today (Jan. 10), the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law will hold a hearing at 2 p.m. ET, on “Oversight of A.I.: The Future of Journalism,” which will explore the impact of the growth of generative artificial intelligence (GAI) technology on publishers’ ability to provide high-quality journalism and possible oversight mechanisms to help protect and sustain quality journalism.

OpenAI says New York Times lawsuit against it is ‘without merit’

January 9, 2024 - The artificial intelligence start-up said that it collaborated with news organizations and that The New York Times, which accused it of copyright infringement, was not telling the full story.

Opinion | How AI will reshape journalism’s narrative in 2024

January 5, 2023 - As AI transforms the media landscape, a blend of technology and human touch will be the key to success.

Generative AI in the newsroom: Tips and tactics for 2024 from Reuters, Newsquest and BBC

January 3, 2024 - Leaders in newsroom use of generative artificial intelligence shared tips, tools and some optimistic predictions before the holidays at the NCTJ‘s Artificial Intelligence in Journalism event.

The New York Times sues OpenAI and Microsoft over AI use of copyrighted work

January 1, 2024 - Millions of articles from The New York Times were used to train chatbots that now compete with it, the lawsuit said.

Now available: Beginner’s guide to custom GPTs for local news publishers

December 18, 2023 - Navigating the fast-paced world of local news can be a constant battle against tight deadlines and limited resources. But what if there was a way to boost your productivity and free up your team to focus on what matters most: impactful, community-based journalism?

OpenAI to pay Politico parent Axel Springer for using its content

December 13, 2023 - News-publishing giant Axel Springer has inked a multiyear licensing deal with AI pioneer OpenAI, a significant milestone as media companies push for compensation for the use of their content in AI tools. 

EU moves to regulate AI, but critics decry loopholes as Big Tech warns of overregulation

December 12, 2023 - The European Union is pushing to regulate artificial intelligence. EU leaders say they're crafting a global blueprint to ensure AI isn't harmful, but civil rights experts worry the rules are weak while business warns they will stifle innovation.

Meta releases more security guidelines for AI models

December 7, 2023 - Meta released benchmark cybersecurity practices for large language models, which it says is an effort to "level the playing field for developers to responsibly deploy generative AI models."

Google ups the stakes in AI race with Gemini, a technology trained to behave more like humans

December 6, 2023 - Google took its next leap in artificial intelligence Wednesday with the launch of project Gemini, an AI model trained to behave in human-like ways that’s likely to intensify the debate about the technology’s potential promise and perils.

Most readers want publishers to label AI-generated articles — but trust outlets less when they do

December 6, 2023 - An overwhelming majority of readers would like news publishers to tell them when AI has shaped the news coverage they’re seeing. But, new research finds, news outlets pay a price when they disclose using generative AI.

News/Media Alliance president and CEO participates in AI Insight Forum hosted by Senator Chuck Schumer

November 29, 2023 - On Nov. 29, News/Media Alliance President and CEO Danielle Coffey attended as an invited participant a bipartisan forum hosted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on “AI – Transparency, Explainability, Intellectual Property, & Copyright.”

The legal framework for AI is being built in real time, and a ruling in the Sarah Silverman case should give publishers pause

November 27, 2023 - That an AI model was trained on copyrighted material does not make all of the model’s outputs a copyright violation.

What the data says about Americans’ views of artificial intelligence

November 21, 2023 - This post summarizes what is known so far about how Americans view AI in everyday life, the workplace, and health and medicine.

Countering misinformation, AI in US elections

November 16, 2023 - Speaking to technology industry executives at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on Tuesday, Executive Editor Julie Pace of The Associated Press outlined the biggest challenges news organizations expect to see this election cycle: misinformation and generative AI.

Thune, Klobuchar release bipartisan AI bill

November 16, 2023 - Sens. John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) introduced an artificial intelligence (AI) bill that would direct federal agencies to create standards aimed at providing transparency and accountability for AI tools, according to a copy of the bill released Wednesday.  

RSF and 16 partners unveil Paris Charter on AI and Journalism

November 13, 2023 - The first of its kind, the Paris Charter on AI and Journalism defines ethics and principles that journalists, newsrooms and media outlets around the world will be able to appropriate and apply in their work with artificial intelligence. It was created by a commission initiated by Reporters Without Borders and chaired by journalist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa.

Adobe Stock is selling AI-generated images of the Israel-Hamas conflict

November 9, 2023 - As fears rise over fake imagery generated by artificial intelligence flooding the internet, one of the world’s leading stock photo websites is openly selling AI images of the Israel-Hamas war.

Google rolls out AI-generated ad watermarks

November 7, 2023 - Google will begin to use SynthID watermarks for all creative assets generated by artificial intelligence (AI) in Performance Max and Google Ads, as the company continues to build out features and tools that automate processes.

AI’s challenge and opportunity for news

November 2, 2023 - Generative artificial intelligence could be the death blow for local newspapers, depending on how it evolves. It could also present opportunities, judging from several developments this week.

News/Media Alliance study finds pervasive unauthorized use of publisher content to power generative AI technologies

October 31, 2023 - On Oct. 30, the News/Media Alliance published a White Paper and a technical analysis and submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office on the use of publisher content to power generative artificial intelligence technologies (GAI). Together, the three publications document the pervasive, unauthorized use of publisher content by GAI developers, the impact this may have on the sustainability and availability of high-quality original content, and the legal implications of such use.

A beginner’s guide to image generation with DALL-E 3

October 31, 2023 - "Several people asked me to give them tips and advice on how to use these and other AI-related tools after DALL-E 3 was released, so I decided to put together this guide as a one-stop resource for beginners who are interested in doing some image generation experiments of their own." — Joe Amditis, Center for Cooperative Media

Artists beaten back in California lawsuit against AI image generators

October 31, 2023 - The artists say AI companies used their work to train an image generator, without paying them or getting permission, and the resulting images compete against the human artists' work in the marketplace.

Biden wants to move fast on AI safeguards and signs an executive order to address his concerns

October 31, 2023 - President Joe Biden on Monday signed an ambitious executive order on artificial intelligence that seeks to balance the needs of cutting-edge technology companies with national security and consumer rights, creating an early set of guardrails that could be fortified by legislation and global agreements.

White House to unveil sweeping AI executive order next week

October 26, 2023 - Tackling immigration and safety, the order would require advanced AI models to undergo assessments before they can be used by federal workers and ease barriers to entry for highly skilled workers.

Newspapers want payment for articles used to power ChatGPT

October 23, 2023 - The artificial intelligence gold rush is creating uncertainty over the future of online information — and pushing publishers and tech firms to make deals

Introducing 5 AI solutions for local news

October 11, 2023 - As part of its ongoing efforts to help local newsrooms identify and adopt artificial intelligence-based solutions, The Associated Press has released the results of several AI-focused projects developed with local news outlets.

Bloomberg Media and the ANA Global CMO Growth Council announce first of its kind partnership focused on AI

October 3, 2023 - “The Business Guide to AI” is a new program gathering the world’s foremost business and AI leaders to discuss the evolving landscape of AI as it relates to marketing.

Opinion | News organizations need beat writers. They also need offbeat writers.

September 28, 2023 - Newsroom unions are also hoping to codify language that prevents companies from using AI to replace journalistic work.

States fill the AI legislation void left by Congress

September 28, 2023 - Nearly 200 AI-related bills have been introduced nationwide in state legislatures so far in 2023 — a more than four-fold increase compared to 2022.

Six steps toward an AI strategy for news — and other findings from Generating Change report

September 26, 2023 - New comprehensive, global report on what news organizations are doing with AI exposes challenges and opportunities — and offers valuable insights for newsrooms of the future.

Global newsroom teams will harness AI to counter misinformation

September 25, 2023 - Eight newsroom teams from the U.S and around the world will develop products and processes that harness AI to amplify truth and combat mis- and disinformation, as part of ICFJ’s Leap Innovation Lab kicking off this week. 

'Flexicles,' story alert systems, and other ways AI will serve publishers, reporters, and readers

September 22, 2023 - “When our models noticed stocks of companies moving in ways that typically indicate news, our system pinged the relevant beat reporter in Slack so he or she could hit the phones and see what’s going on. It’s a great way to break news.” — Louise Story

Senate Democrats eye new AI transparency rules

September 21, 2023 - A new, sweeping piece of legislation would force companies using artificial intelligence tools to review the impacts of automating critical business decisions.

The promise vs. fear of AI

September 21, 2023 - Medill’s Jeremy Gilbert envisions a future where tech leads to better journalism without destroying it.

Investigating — and embracing — the AI revolution

September 20, 2023 - A day of AI-oriented events at the 13th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (#GIJC23) discussed how AI can help newsrooms do their jobs, how investigations have revealed the harmful impact of AI technology on communities — and how journalists should approach a topic often framed by narratives of either hype or despair.

Public trust in AI technology declines amid release of consumer AI tools

September 19, 2023 - Generative artificial intelligence (AI) has dominated much of the public conversation about technology following the release of tools like ChatGPT and Jasper Chat. In our second MITRE-Harris Poll survey on AI trends, conducted in July 2023, we found that aspects of public trust in AI technologies have declined compared to our previous poll, which was conducted in November 2022.

Editorial: AI wrote this editorial. It offers persuasive arguments for why that’s a bad idea.

September 19, 2023 - With artificial intelligence creating such controversy in journalism these days, the Post-Dispatch Editorial Board was curious how Microsoft’s Bing Chat AI program would handle the command, “Write a newspaper editorial arguing that artificial intelligence should not be used in journalism.”

As AI enters newsrooms, unions push for worker protections

September 18, 2023 - Journalists are fighting to ensure that AI won't replace their jobs and that content produced with the help of AI tools meets journalistic standards

Developing and deploying AI responsibly: Elements of an effective legislative framework to regulate AI

September 14, 2023 - On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee for a hearing entitled, “Oversight of A.I.: Legislating on Artificial Intelligence.”

Opinion | How journalism should face the unchecked threats of generative AI

September 12, 2023 - We need more copy editors, "truth beats" and newsroom guidelines to combat artificial intelligence hallucinations.

Opinion | Newsroom AI guidelines ‘lack teeth,’ study finds

September 12, 2023 - University of Oxford researchers found that few publishers with artificial intelligence guidance mention audience feedback on the topic.

AI that alters voice and imagery in political ads will require disclosure on Google and YouTube

September 8, 2023 - Google will soon require that political ads using artificial intelligence be accompanied by a prominent disclosure if imagery or sounds have been synthetically altered.

Global publishing, journalism organizations release comprehensive global principles for artificial intelligence (AI)

September 6, 2023 - Today 26 organizations representing thousands of creative professionals around the world, including news, entertainment, magazine, and book publishing companies and the academic publishing sector, released Global Principles for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

U.S. Copyright Office wants to hear what people think about AI and copyright

August 31, 2023 - The U.S. Copyright Office is opening a public comment period around AI and copyright issues as the agency figures out how to approach the subject. 

How publishers like The Marshall Project and The Markup are testing generative AI in their newsrooms

Publishers including The Marshall Project and The Markup shared how reporters are using generative artificial intelligence in their newsrooms in their reporting processes — after some failed tests.

A dozen major media companies block access to ChatGPT as they wage a cold war on AI

August 29, 2023 - Some of the nation’s largest newsrooms are actively taking defensive measures to safeguard their content from ChatGPT, the groundbreaking artificial intelligence chatbot that is seen as a potential aggressor to an already struggling news industry.

Americans concerned about growth of AI tech as Congress eyes regulation

August 29, 2023 - New data suggests that excitement about the increased use of artificial intelligence is at a three-year low, but opinions are split on whether the technology will help or hinder certain aspects of daily life.

Google debuts a new way to watermark AI-generated images

August 29, 2023 - Google's DeepMind unit is unveiling a new method it says can invisibly and permanently label images that have been generated by artificial intelligence.

The week that was in AI: The latest in creating, using and regulating generative AI

August 25, 2023 - State lawmakers for years have been ahead of Congress in passing data privacy legislation. Will the same happen with generative AI?

AI's next target: Often-stressful salary negotiations

August 25, 2023 - Salary negotiations — among the most high-stakes, emotionally fraught and psychologically complex processes many employees will ever experience — could soon get the artificial-intelligence treatment.

Newsrooms grapple with rules for AI

August 23, 2023 - Leading media organizations are issuing guidance on leveraging artificial intelligence in the newsroom at the same time they're making licensing deals to let AI firms use their content to train AI models.

Sen. Cantwell says privacy bill could protect against AI harms

August 22, 2023 - Senator Maria Cantwell said Monday that a federal privacy bill she introduced could help protect people from discrimination fueled by artificial intelligence.

Associated Press cements the AI era with newsroom guidance

August 17, 2023 - Weeks after announcing a partnership with OpenAI, The Associated Press urges caution in using — and reporting on — generative AI tools.

News firms seek transparency, collective negotiation over content use by AI makers - letter

August 11, 2023 - A group of the world's biggest news media organizations called for revised regulations on the use of copyrighted material by makers of artificial intelligence technology, according to an open letter published on Wednesday.

How well do you understand AI? Here are 7 terms to know

August 11, 2023 - You might have heard about machine learning and algorithms. But do you know what read teaming and watermarking are?

How some local newsrooms are using AI

August 2, 2023 - Smaller newsrooms have been experimenting with AI for years, and interest has grown since the latest releases of ChatGPT.

AI’s growing legal troubles

July 31, 2023 - Without Section 230 protection, copyright issues and defamation suits are cropping up.

WAN-IFRA joins RSF and other international news organizations to frame an 'AI Charter in Media'

July 27, 2023 - The accelerating development of artificial intelligence in the news media poses incredible opportunities but also threats to the integrity of information. In response to this unprecedented challenge, Reporters Without Borders and international partners, including WAN-IFRA, are launching a committee, chaired by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa, to draw up a charter to advise regulatory initiatives in this area.

Microsoft, Anthropic, Google and OpenAI launch Frontier Model Forum

July 26, 2023 - Anthropic, Google, Microsoft and OpenAI are announcing the formation of the Frontier Model Forum, a new industry body focused on ensuring safe and responsible development of frontier AI models.

How Reuters uses AI to speed up discoverability of video news content

July 26, 2023 - The latest tech enhancement enables journalists to quickly find, identify, edit and publish material from video library Reuters Connect.

A practical newsroom guide to artificial intelligence

July 24, 2023 - This community-curated list of key takeaways, AI tools and relevant articles provides examples and best practices to support you along your AI journey.

Biden gets AI firms to take pledge

July 21, 2023 - Seven companies at the forefront of the generative AI wave have given the White House voluntary "commitments" to make sure their products are safe and transparent, Axios' Ryan Heath and Ashley Gold report.

Google tests AI tool that is able to write news articles

July 20, 2023 - The product, pitched as a helpmate for journalists, has been demonstrated for executives at The New York Times, The Washington Post and News Corp, which owns The Wall Street Journal.

Business and labor square off over AI’s future in American workplace

July 19, 2023 - The Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into the ChatGPT app points to an emerging conflict over how Washington should regulate artificial intelligence, one that could pit some of America’s biggest businesses against labor unions and progressive advocacy groups.

American Journalism Project announces new partnership with OpenAI to support local news

July 18, 2023 - A new $5+ million partnership aims to explore ways the development of artificial intelligence (AI) can support a thriving, innovative local news field, and ensure local news organizations shape the future of this emerging technology.

OpenAI will give local news millions to experiment with AI

July 18, 2023 - Some of the funding will go to form a “studio” within the American Journalism Project; the rest will go to about 10 of AJP’s grantees.

It’s the first budget season of the AI revolution

July 18, 2023 - "Even if you aren’t under irresistible pressure to cut costs, the new AI may still create hard choices of another sort. That’s because it also offers amazing new capabilities. If you can afford flat budgeting, do you want to make savings where possible to free up resources to spend on some of these?" — Richard J. Tofel, Second Rough Draft

Efforts to rein In AI tap lesson from social media: Don’t wait until it’s too late

July 17, 2023 - Social media was more than a decade old before efforts to curb its ill effects began in earnest. With artificial intelligence, lawmakers, activists and executives aren’t waiting that long. 

Want a better comments section? Graham Media Group thinks AI can help with that

July 13, 2023 - Graham Media Group developed the idea for a “first dibs” comment bot through NYC Media Lab’s AI & Local News Challenge.

ChatGPT comes under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

July 13, 2023 - The FTC is examining whether the artificial-intelligence app harmed people by publishing false information.
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AP, Open AI agree to share select news content and technology in new collaboration

The Associated Press and OpenAI have reached an agreement to share access to select news content and technology as they examine potential use cases for generative AI in news products and services.

Writing guidelines for the role of AI in your newsroom? Here are some, er, guidelines for that

July 12, 2023 - What’s okay and what’s verboten when it comes to AI in the production of news? Here’s how 21 newsrooms in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere have laid out their own policies and plans.

Newsroom unions are pushing management to negotiate AI use

July 11, 2023 - Newsroom unions are asking their employers to agree to new terms on how generative artificial intelligence is used and the impact it will have on their employees and editorial production as more media companies begin to adopt the technology.

Senators to receive first ever classified briefing on artificial intelligence

July 10, 2023 - Senators will receive their first ever classified briefing on artificial intelligence at 3 p.m. Tuesday from Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and other administration officials.

How to report better on artificial intelligence

July 7, 2023 - An investigative reporter, a data journalist and a computer scientist, who have firsthand experience investigating AI, have put together a short guide to what they have learned.