Research Lunch: AI in Local Journalism- Potential and Pitfalls

We would like to invite you to the upcoming Research Lunch organised by the Network Institute, with a talk by Reshmi Pillai (Department of Communication Science, VU) to facilitate exchange between researchers at the VU across disciplines and institutions.

  • When: 11th July 2024, 12-13:30pm
  • Where: VU Amsterdam, room TBA
    • Register here (for lunch catering purposes)

Over the last two decades, journalism has been transformed by technological advancements, causing significant economic disruption, among other challenges. Artificial Intelligence, the latest of these technologies, has triggered strategic responses from media organizations. This shift poses a particular concern to regional and local media organizations, as they are often at increased risk of being at the disadvantaged end of the technological knowledge and adoption. Nevertheless, local journalism remains vital, as the audience’s interests or concerns often focus on what is happening in their local communities and not solely on global or national issues. By covering regional events and contextualizing global/national stories, local journalism continues to support democratic dialogue.
What are the trends (with some interesting use cases!) and challenges faced by regional/local media organizations while adopting AI technologies? How can AI best support and enhance the news making process, while retaining agency with the journalists?