Artificial Intelligence “Exciting, Scary” Threat And Opportunity For Journalists: Study

Journalists recognized the time-saving benefits of AI in tasks such as interview transcription.


AI is both a threat and an opportunity for journalism, with more than half of those surveyed for a new report saying they were concerned about the ethical implications AI would have on their work. I am. Although 85% of respondents have experimented with generative AIs such as ChatGPT and Google Bard for tasks such as creating summaries and generating headlines, 60% said they also had concerns.

The study, conducted by the JournalismAI initiative at the London School of Economics, surveyed more than 100 news organizations in 46 countries between April and July on their use of AI and related technologies.

“More than 60% of respondents expressed concerns about the ethical implications of AI on journalistic values ​​such as accuracy, fairness, transparency, and other aspects of journalism,” the researchers said in a statement. Ta.

“Journalism around the world is entering a new period of exciting and frightening technological change,” added report co-author and project director Charlie Beckett.

He said the research shows that new generative AI tools are a “potential threat to the integrity of information and news media,” but also a “great opportunity to make journalism more efficient, effective, and trustworthy.” ”, he said.

Journalists recognized the time-saving benefits of AI in tasks such as interview transcription.

But the authors also noted the need for humans to check AI-generated content “to reduce potential harms such as bias and inaccuracy.”

Challenges around AI integration were “more pronounced in newsrooms in the Global South,” they added.

“The AI ​​technologies developed are primarily available in English, but not in many Asian languages. There is a double catch-up required to create AI systems and AI systems that work in local languages.” The book quotes one of the respondents from the Philippines. .

Co-author Mira Yaseen said the economic and social benefits of AI are concentrated in the Global North, while its harms disproportionately affect the Global South.

She said this was “exacerbating global inequalities”, adding that “a power-conscious framework for global AI development and deployment is needed”.

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