‘…the danger is that once again, journalism will be left chasing after the change instead of meeting the challenge.’
AI is already touching journalism in several ways, from gathering through distribution, and bigger changes are ahead, writes LSE professor Charlie Beckett after hearing from 70 practitioners around the world. He’s been researching the ‘state of play and state of mind’ regarding AI in journalism in a sweeping study undertaken by POLIS, the journalism think-tank he heads at LSE, together with the Google News Initiative.
Beckett says he’s impressed by the individual ingenuity and beneficial possibilities he sees. He cautions that journalism commands only a fraction of AI initiatives and needs to work that much harder to keep up with the rate of change. Potential obstacles are new investment, old aversions to change, the need for less complex tools and, generally, more knowledge of the area.
The full report is expected in mid-November. This piece reads like a useful executive summary of what’s to come.