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Hi! This is Lakshmi, and I’m excited to welcome you back to the JournalismAI newsletter!

In this edition, we are excited to announce the return of our community workshops, with a focus on designing guidelines for the responsible use of AI in the newsroom. For more on that, scroll down to the second part of the newsletter, but first:

The deadline to apply for the JournalismAI Fellowship Programme is only one week away – applications close on Thursday, 28 April, at 11:59 PM GMT.

If you are not yet sure about applying, we have some exciting news to make the opportunity even more enticing:

We are partnering with the Knight Lab at Northwestern University | Medill, which will offer its expertise to support the Fellowship teams as they design and develop their projects.

In 2021, the Knight Lab was the regional partner for the JournalismAI Collab Challenges in the Americas and led three teams exploring how artificial intelligence could help drive unique investigative reporting projects. 

We are absolutely thrilled at this opportunity to continue partnering with them and grateful for the expertise and support they will provide to our 2022 Fellows. Here’s Medill Professor and Knight Chair in Digital Media Strategy, Jeremy Gilbert:

The best way to gain wider adoption of AI by journalists is through direct experience of how these tools and techniques can actually help. The Fellowship Programme will let us continue to experiment alongside the fellows and bring new ideas to use technology to improve journalism.

What does this mean for you as a potential JournalismAI Fellow?

Only good news, of course! With our combined powers, you can now expect even greater support throughout the Fellowship process.

The Knight Lab has a track record of providing open and collaborative environments for interdisciplinary exploration, while supporting students and professionals to learn together and from one another. 

While our JournalismAI team coordinates the programme, our Knight Lab colleagues will offer precious technical support and share valuable experience in leading and developing AI-powered initiatives in and with newsrooms.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Check out the FAQs on the website and apply now!

Apply now for the JournalismAI Fellowship Programme
Do you want to exchange ideas, thoughts, and experiences with AI-journalism innovators from across the world? Join the JournalismAI community on Telegram and take part in the conversation.
How to design guidelines for the responsible use of AI in your newsroom

🥁 Drum roll please. 🥁 

We’re delighted to let you know that next week we'll be holding our second JournalismAI Community Workshop on 27-April at 1 PM UK-time!

The topic for the workshop is How to design guidelines for the responsible use of AI in your news organisation.


AI is being used in all parts of the journalism process from news gathering to production to distribution. There are risks that can arise at various stages of AI deployment and in different stages of the news process. How do you design guidelines for your news organisation to mitigate this and create moments to reflect before deploying AI?

One model is to create ethical guidelines for the use of AI. The AI + Automation Lab of Bayerischer Rundfunk in Germany took this approach to guide their day-to-day use of AI and automation, while the Partnership on AI places importance on documenting processes, creating ethical guidelines for synthetic media as well as forthcoming recommendations for how AI can be deployed ethically to support local news.

In this workshop, journalists and technologists from Bayerischer Rundfunk and from the Partnership on AI will share their experiences and run you through a set of questions you need to reflect on before beginning to create similar guidelines. At the end of the workshop, you will be equipped with the knowledge to begin creating guidelines for the use of AI and automation in your own news organisation.

Who will be speaking?

🗣 Uli Köppen, Head of the AI + Automation Lab and Co-Lead of BR Data at Bayerischer Rundfunk

🗣 Claire Leibowicz, Head of AI and Media Integrity at the Partnership on AI

When: 27 April, at 1 PM UK Time

Click the button below to sign up for the workshop. Once we receive your registration, we’ll send you a link to attend the workshop. Places are limited, so get your FREE ticket soon!
Register for the workshop!
In case you missed it:

You can now watch on-demand the videos of the three sessions we hosted at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, two weeks ago!

  📺  A crash course for journalists on AI and machine learning
  📺  Holding AI accountable: the reporters’ take
  📺  Managing a newsroom in the AI-powered future

See you online on 27 April! 

Take care,

JournalismAI Programme Manager & Engagement Lead

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