As AI enters newsrooms, unions push for worker protections


This summer, images abounded of striking writers and actors wielding picket signs as they marched outside major media corporations. Though their demands are wide-ranging, one issue has dominated headlines — artificial intelligence.

It is a topic that has made its way to the bargaining sessions of labor unions across industries, including journalism. As news executives scramble to cobble together guidelines for their newsrooms and assemble working groups to experiment with AI, their employees are organizing to find ways to protect their jobs from the new technology. They are fighting to ensure that AI won’t replace the work they do and that content produced with the help of AI tools meets rigorous journalistic standards.

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