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AP to launch AI training program, coverage expansion with 2 new grants


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.

The two grants will supercharge the global news organization’s ability to produce impactful investigations on the technology and add to the understanding of AI by both newsrooms and the public.

“Artificial intelligence technology is not only changing rapidly, but it’s increasingly part of every coverage area,” said Ron Nixon, AP vice president and head of investigations, enterprise, grants and partnerships. “It’s crucial that news organizations large and small understand how to cover AI and its far-reaching impact. With this philanthropic support, we are looking forward to sharing our learnings with as many newsrooms as possible, while also bolstering AP’s own coverage of AI.”

In its reporting, AP will examine the power and influence of generative AI and algorithmic technologies through a series of deeply reported, narrative multi-format investigations.

The global news organization will develop and distribute customized training, as well as share best practices in covering AI, with small and emerging news outlets.

Drawing on its industry leading AP Stylebook guidance on how to cover AI, along with its extensive reporting experience, AP will provide comprehensive recorded trainings, video tutorials and live webinars. AP will also create localization guides and tip sheets to share with journalists on how to cover AI for their audiences.

AP works with a variety of philanthropic organizations, including Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Pulitzer Center, Report for America and others, to expand coverage and reach new audiences. In all such collaborations, AP retains complete editorial control of all journalism.

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About Omidyar Network:

Omidyar Network invests to build more inclusive and equitable societies. As a social change venture, Omidyar Network works to build a healthy digital technology system, an economy that works for all, and a society inspired to build belonging.

About Patrick J. McGovern Foundation:

The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation (PJMF) is a philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence and data science solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. PJMF works in partnership with public, private, and social institutions to drive progress on our most pressing challenges, including digital health, climate change, broad digital access, and data maturity in the social sector.

About AP:

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world’s population sees AP journalism every day. Online: