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Looking to explore the intersection of AI and journalism? Influential thought leaders in the industry join data scientist and media entrepreneur, Nikita Roy, each week to explore what's next with AI and its implications for the media landscape. In each episode, industry experts discuss how automated newsrooms have the potential to change journalism and uncover opportunities to optimize workflows and increase efficiency without compromising journalistic integrity. Hosted on Acast. See acast.c ...
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Ole Reissmann, Director of AI at Der Spiegel, joins host Nikita Roy to discuss how the legacy German news organization is harnessing AI to enhance their journalism and streamline newsroom workflows. The episode explores Der Spiegel's initiatives to integrate AI into various aspects of its operations, from automating routine tasks like SEO title gen…
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Jaemark Tordecilla, Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, joins host Nikita Roy to discuss the potential of using custom GPTs for journalistic purposes. Jaemark is the former editor-in-chief and senior assistant vice president of News and Public Affairs at GMA News, the Philippines' leading digital news organization. For the past year as a Nieman Fe…
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Adrian Gill, the founder and CEO of Ad Hoc Industries and the former creative director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, joins host Nikita Roy to explore the transformative impact of AI, especially image generation tools, on the creative design industry. Gill brings a wealth of knowledge in creative direction, strategy, and brand management from his …
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Mattia Peretti, former manager of Journalism AI at the London School of Economics and current Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists, joins host Nikita Roy to share insights on balancing AI innovation with journalistic integrity. The episode explores an AI literacy initiative at Internews, which created a platform for knowledge e…
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Florent Daudens, the outgoing Director of Newsgathering and Deployment at Canada's National Public Broadcaster, Radio-Canada, joins Nikita Roy to share how he led AI literacy initiatives in their newsroom. In his role, Florent focused on enhancing the news department with AI as well as managing operations across national, parliamentary, and foreign…
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Ezra Eeman, the Director of Strategy & Innovation at the Dutch Public Broadcaster NPO joins Nikita Roy to discuss NPO's AI strategy, revealing the complexities of navigating this frontier within a decentralized network of 13 broadcasters. From leveraging AI for accessibility and efficiency to cautious experiments with synthetic voices and avatars, …
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Craig Newmark, internet pioneer and founder of Craigslist, joins Nikita Roy to talk about the past, present, and future of AI. Craig is a visionary whose profound contributions have shaped the landscape of digital platforms and supported the pillars of journalism. As the founder of Craigslist, he revolutionized the classified ads sector and transfo…
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From fine-tuning large language models, to discussing modular journalism, to developing an AI tool to help track misinformation, there’s a lot to unpack from this week’s conversation with Alessandro Alviani, the product lead for AI at Germany’s Ippen Digital. We build upon the first part of our conversation from last week, where Alessandro shared h…
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Rather than AI replacing journalists, Alessandro Alviani believes editorial teams can leverage AI to enhance and augment their work. Formerly as the Editorial Director at the Microsoft News Hub, Alessandro experienced firsthand the consequences that replacing human editors with automated systems caused. Drawing from his experience he says that the …
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Jeff Jarvis joins Nikita Roy in the second part of his conversation to discuss how journalism business models will be affected by the rise of generative AI. In part one, Jarvis shared his thoughts on whether generative AI companies should be allowed to use news media's copyrighted content to train their AI models. Jarvis has been the director of th…
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Jeff Jarvis joins Nikita Roy to discuss whether AI companies should be allowed to use news media's copyrighted content to train their models. Jarvis is a veteran journalist and professor who recently testified to the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and Law on AI and the Future of Journalism. He's been the director of the To…
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Aliya Itzkowitz and Sam Gould from FT Strategies join Nikita Roy to discuss the capabilities of multimodal AI and AI agents within the publishing industry. Discover further insights and practical examples of these technologies in the Newsroom Robots newsletter, featuring insights from host, Nikita Roy. Aliya is a Manager at FT Strategies where she …
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Aliya Itzkowitz and Sam Gould from FT Strategies join Nikita Roy to discuss their AI Design Sprint that they used to help nearly 20 publishers identify and validate potential AI opportunities. Aliya is a Manager at FT Strategies where she has consulted over 30 publishers across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Her work focuses on the critica…
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Nina Brown and Jared Schroeder join Nikita Roy to break down the intellectual property implications of generative AI models and explore the legal implications of using generative AI in newsrooms. They examine the risks and liabilities associated with Generative AI outputs and historical legal precedents that could shape Generative AI regulations. N…
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Felicitas Carrique, Executive Director of the News Product Alliance joins Nikita Roy to discuss the key components of building a successful AI product strategy in newsrooms. She also discusses the role of AI in the product development process and offers insights on evaluating AI tools and vendors. As the Executive Director of the News Product Allia…
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How does a newsroom leader spearhead AI innovation when AI still remains a buzzword to much of their staff? Louise Story joins Nikita Roy to highlight the opportunities AI presents for reporting, content creation, user experience, and personalization. Story also discusses the role of journalists in the AI era and the potential impact of generative …
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David Clinch, the Vice President of Partnership at Mather Economics and Managing Director at Media Growth Partners, joins Nikita Roy to discuss the critical choice between building or buying AI tools in newsrooms. With his extensive experience advising major publishers, David sheds light on how AI is reshaping newsroom strategies and the critical t…
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In this second part of the episode with Simon Willison, he shares how Datasette, the open-source data exploration and publishing tool he built, could help journalists perform data analysis with minimum technical expertise. He also shares some fun use cases of ChatGPT in his personal life. Simon, a former software architect at The Guardian and a JSK…
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Simon Willison, the creator of the open source data exploration and publishing tool Datasette, joins Nikita Roy to discuss the recent turmoil at Open AI and the new features unveiled at OpenAI’s first developer conference earlier this month.They discuss the security risks inherent in generative AI applications and explore the usefulness of small la…
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Lynn Walsh, the Assistant Director of Trusting News, joins Nikita Roy to discuss how newsrooms should think about their relationship with audiences when adopting AI. She also highlights opportunities to use AI to enhance trust and engagement with the news. Lynn is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has worked in investigative, data and TV journal…
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Dr. Mario R. Garcia, Senior Adviser on News Design and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, joins Nikita Roy to discuss how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing news design and creating new opportunities for visual storytelling. Mario shares insights from his extensive research and his new book, 'AI: The Next Revolution in Content Creati…
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Paul Quigley, the CEO of NewsWhip, joins Nikita Roy to discuss how NewsWhip aids newsrooms in identifying trending stories and predicting viral news through real-time social media monitoring and analytics. He discusses how his team is integrating large language models and shares his perspective on the transformative impact that generative AI could …
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Newsroom Robots now has a newsletter! Subscribe to receive podcast summaries and be the first to know when a new episode is released. Sign up here. In this episode, Jeff Sonderman, the founder and CEO of Delta Flow Solutions, joins Nikita Roy to discuss the transformative potential of generative AI in streamlining business operations across analyti…
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Ernest Kung, the AI Product Manager for The Associated Press joins Nikita Roy to share how the AP has been helping local newsrooms implement artificial intelligence into their workflows as part of the Local News Initiative. He also discusses the deal that AP signed with OpenAI and the newsroom’s recently published AI guidelines. Before joining the …
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Charlie Beckett, Professor and Founding Director of Polis, the international journalism think tank at the London School of Economics and Munmun De Choudhury, Associate Professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, join host Nikita Roy in this episode. Together, they explore the intricacies of AI-generated misinformation, it…
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Uli Köppen, Head of AI + Automation Lab and Co-Lead of BR Data at Germany's Public Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), and Miranda Marcus, Head of BBC News Labs, join Nikita Roy for a conversation on how AI has been a part of their newsrooms. This episode is a recording of the virtual panel at the Online News Association's ONWARD-2023 event on S…
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Nick Diakopoulos, Communication Studies and Computer Science Professor at Northwestern University joins Nikita Roy to discuss the opportunities fine-tuning Large Language Models offer for news organizations, and the impact of generative AI on news production and the broader information ecosystem. Nick directs the Computational Journalism Lab and is…
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Francesco Marconi, the co-founder and CEO of AppliedXL, joins Nikita Roy to discuss the opportunities and challenges that Large Language Models present to the news industry, emphasizing the need for collaboration between tech companies and newsrooms. Francesco also covers copyright and data access challenges and proposes long-term business model in…
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Chris Dinn joins Nikita Roy to talk about building AI bots for his Toronto news startup, Torontoverse. Chris also explores the Online News Act's effects in Canada and AI's potential impact on the news industry. Chris is the Emmy award-winning founder and publisher of Torontoverse, a Toronto-based digital news startup harnessing cutting-edge technol…
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Mark Hansen joins Nikita Roy to discuss how generative AI can enhance data journalism, particularly by accelerating coding tasks. The discussion also addresses bias and privacy concerns associated with AI models. Mark is the East Coast Director of The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a collaborative initiative between Columbia Journalism Schoo…
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Liam Andrew, the Chief Product Officer at The Texas Tribune joins Nikita Roy to discuss how they built a data warehouse and analytics hub to provide transparency around key metrics for their newsroom. Liam also shares how The Tribune has implemented tools like automatic content tagging and content recommendations using AI. In his role at the Tribun…
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Uli Köppen, head of the AI + Automation Lab at German Public Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, joins Nikita Roy to discuss how BR's newsroom has integrated AI across its entire news cycle. Uli shares her team's work on algorithmic accountability, AI strategy, generative AI experiments, and their experience integrating AI in the newsroom. Uli also c…
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Jeremy Caplan joins Nikita Roy to discuss the evolving landscape of AI tools by analyzing their use cases, addressing the challenges they present, and offering tips for enhancing productivity through strategic AI adoption Jeremy Caplan is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of Ne…
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Scott Brodbeck joins Nikita Roy to discuss his experiments using generative AI in his local newsroom, from creating completely AI-generated newsletters and AI-generated videos to ad copy and back-office support. He also shares his views for other small newsrooms looking to experiment with AI. Scott is the founder and CEO of Local News Now, which ow…
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In the second part of this episode with Elite Truong, she shares her work leading AI products like Metrics for News and Source Matters at the American Press Institute for local newsrooms. She shares how AI can help local news and her advice for product managers looking to incorporate emerging tech, like generative AI. Elite is the Vice President of…
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Elite Truong joins Nikita Roy to delve into her journey of leading AI products, first at The Washington Post and now at the American Press Institute, in a special two-part episode. In part one, Elite shares insights from her work on Heliograf, The Washington Post's robot reporter that debuted in 2016. She discusses the evolution of the product unde…
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Aimee Rinehart, the Senior Product Manager of AI Strategy for The Associated Press joins Nikita Roy to discuss how AP is using AI and the tools being built as part of AP’s Local News AI Initiative. Aimee shares AP's current approach of learning and experimentation with generative AI through projects around translation, image identification and sear…
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Mark Briggs joins Nikita Roy to discuss the core components necessary for building an AI-ready newsroom culture. Mark also shares the findings of a recent survey on audience perceptions of using AI in news. Mark is the author of the widely-used book 'Journalism Next,' now in its fourth edition and used in colleges across the United States. He was a…
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Dalia Hashim joins Nikita Roy to unpack the nuances of incorporating AI into journalism. She provides critical questions to consider when engaging with AI vendors, elaborating on facets of clear communication, comprehension of tool limitations, and the importance of oversight. Dalia also delves into the ethical quandaries with AI use in newsrooms, …
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Santiago Lyon joins Nikita Roy to discuss how Adobe's Content Authenticity Initiative is taking an active role in combating misinformation through digital content provenance. He discusses how Adobe addresses ethical issues and brings transparency to its AI-enabled products, like the new generative fill feature in Adobe Photoshop. He also touches up…
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Dr. Gregory Gondwe joins Nikita Roy to discuss the embedded stereotypes and biases in Generative AI models that put the Global South at a disadvantage. He also shares his findings on how journalists in sub-Saharan Africa leverage ChatGPT, with insights derived from his recently published journal article, "CHATGPT and the Global South: how are journ…
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Ryan Restivo joins host Nikita Roy to discuss the product life cycle of building a generative AI product. As a Reynold’s Journalism Institute (RJI) fellow at the Missouri School of Journalism, Ryan developed YESEO. This free SEO slack tool uses Natural Language Processing and Generative AI to help newsrooms with SEO best practices. Since its launch…
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Jay Allred joins host Nikita Roy to share how his newsroom uses artificial intelligence to automatically generate sports content by converting data into news articles. Jay Allred is the CEO of Source Media Properties, a nationally recognized local news organization serving nearly half a million readers in Ohio in the United States. The Source newsr…
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David Cohn, the co-founder of Subtext joins host Nikita Roy in this episode to discuss the recent doomsday buzz surrounding AI, copyright challenges and how generative AI can change the way news publishers interact with their audiences. Over the past two decades David has worked at the intersection of technology and journalism, with a focus on new …
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This episode features a workshop held by Newsroom Robots’ host Nikita Roy at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY for the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program. Focusing on the practical applications of generative AI tools, she explores how these advanced technologies can empower news entrepreneurs to streamline their workf…
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In today’s episode, Ryan Serpico joins host Nikita Roy to discuss how he built the first generative AI tool that is helping power local newsrooms across Hearst Newspapers. Ryan is Hearst Newspapers first AI and Automation Engineer, where he takes advantage of the latest developments in generative AI to empower journalists in Hearst Newspapers' loca…
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Adair, the creator of PolitiFact and the co-founder of the International Fact-Checking Network joins host Nikita Roy to discuss the current state of misinformation in the age of generative AI and the role of journalism in combating it. Bill is a Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke Universi…
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In this episode, Tim O'Rourke, the Vice President for Content Strategy at Hearst Newspapers, shares his experience leading the group's DevHub editorial engineering and content strategy team that partners with HNP's local newsrooms on innovative projects and growth strategies. Hearst Newspapers produces 24 daily and 52 weekly publications across the…
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In this episode, we explore the crucial considerations when developing an AI strategy and the potential risks of generative AI in the newsroom with Charlie Beckett, Director of the JournalismAI project at Polis – the international journalism think tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science(LSE). He is also a professor at LSE’s Dep…
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How can journalists adopt a human-centered design mindset when building AI-driven products, and what skills will the next generation of journalists need to succeed in an AI-powered newsroom? Today we’re joined by Damon Kiesow, a digital media pioneer specializing in aligning community information needs and business strategies to support sustainable…
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