AI & Local News Initiative Organizations
The Associated Press’s Local News AI is a two-year initiative helping U.S. local newsrooms identify and adopt artificial intelligence-based solutions. In its first year, the program assessed AI readiness in almost 200 newsrooms and published a report of the findings. Local News AI produced a six-unit course (now available on-demand) based on the needs identified in its national research. In its second year, the program developed blueprints for 15 newsroom projects that include automation and AI. The team now manages five project builds that aim to reduce tedious tasks in newsrooms.
Local News Lab
The Brown Institute's Local News Lab is devising and deploying trials to test data and AI-informed approaches to enhance revenue-generating user engagement at local news organizations. Read about Local News Lab’s work with article recommendations and reader engagement at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Texas Tribune.
NYC Media Lab
NYC Media Lab is cultivating a community of AI practitioners to share best practices and manage an AI and local news Challenge to drive innovation.
Partnership on AI
By bringing local newsrooms into conversation with technologists, researchers, and civil society organizations, the Local News Workstream — part of AI & Media Integrity — seeks to identify major ethical challenges and collect insights on responsible AI practices. Through this multistakeholder process, we can develop best practices for newsrooms seeking to use AI tools ethically and without unintended consequences.
Sponsored by Knight Foundation
For more than a decade, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has supported the acceleration of the digital transformation and the smart application of technology in the news industry. Knight Foundation aims to apply and adopt proven technology to improve the sustainability of journalism by providing local new organizations with access to technology solutions, experts and training.