Artificial Intelligence in the News: How AI Retools, Rationalizes and Reshapes Journalism and the Public Arena

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Despite growing interest, the effects of AI on the news industry and our information environment — the public arena — remain poorly understood. Insufficient attention has also been paid to the implications of the news industry’s dependence on technology companies for AI. Drawing on 134 interviews with news workers at 35 news organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany — including outlets such as The Guardian, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Washington Post, The Sun, and the Financial Times — and 36 international experts from industry, academia, technology, and policy, this report examines the use of AI across editorial, commercial, and technological domains with an eye to the structural implications of AI in news organizations for the public arena. In a second step, it considers how a retooling of the news through AI stands to reinforce news organizations’ existing dependency on the technology sector and the implications of this.

Type of Publication
studies-and-reports
Theme
artificial-intelligence
Publishing
Columbia Journalism Review
Publishing Date
2024
Language
english
Status
open-access
Authors
Felix M. Simon