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What Can Journalists Do That AI Can’t?

11 April 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

J-Talks Live: What Can Journalist Do that AI Can't?

AI technologies have the potential to profoundly change how journalism is produced and consumed. Newsrooms are now experimenting with machine learning to generate news and information on current affairs, health, real estate listings, quizzes, and sporting events. New advances have increased the speed at which large data work can be completed, and the scope of work that artificial intelligence can undertake. As AI and machine learning take their place in the newsroom, what are the editorial and ethical responsibilities for adopting these new technologies?

The virtual discussion took place on April 11, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. ET It featured Aimee Rinehart, Program Manager for the Associated Press Local News AI Initiative, Hamilton Nolan, Labour Reporting Fellow for In These TimesGina Chua of Semafor, and Patrick White,  Director of the journalism program at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). Felix M. Simon, of the Oxford Internet Institute moderated.


About the Panelists

Hamilton Nolan 

Hamilton Nolan is a labour reporting fellow at In These Times. He has spent the past decade writing about labor and politics for Gawker, Splinter, The Guardian, and elsewhere. You can reach him at Hamilton@InTheseTimes.com. @hamiltonnolan

Aimee Rinehart

Aimee Rinehart is the Program Manager for The Associated Press’s Local News AI initiative. Before joining AP, she was the Deputy Director of First Draft’s New York Bureau helping journalists and newsroom to identify, verify and responsibly report on mis- and disinformation through the 2018 and 2020 U.S. election cycles. In 2018, she managed Comprova, a project to monitor and analyze misinformation and disinformation around the 2018 Brazilian elections. Rinehart started working online in 1996 and was a digital originator at The New York Times, and returned to print briefly as an editor at the Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels.@aimeetwoee

Gina Chua

Gina Chua has been a journalist for more than three decades; she’s currently Executive Editor, Semafor. Prior to that, she was Executive Editor at Reuters, where she transitioned. Before joining Reuters, Gina – then Reg – was Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post and had a 16-year career at The Wall Street Journal, including eight as Editor of the Journal’s Asian edition. @GinaSKChua

Patrick White

Patrick White is Director of the journalism program at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and professor of journalism at UQAM. Prior to that, he was senior reporter and news manager (1990-12018) at CTV News, Reuters, The Canadian Press, Quebecor Media and Huffington Post. He specializes in the impact of technologies on journalism.

About the Moderator


Felix M. Simon is a journalist, communication researcher, and doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), a Knight News Innovation Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and an affiliate at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also works as a research assistant at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) and regularly writes and comments on technology, media, and politics for various international outlets.

As a member of the Leverhulme Doctoral Centre “Publication beyond Print,” he is currently researching the implications of AI in journalism and the news industry.

His research has been covered, among others, in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Politico, Financial Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Nature, New Statesman, Business Insider, CNN, and the BBC, and he has given evidence to inquiries of the UK House of Lords and House of Commons, press regulator IMPRESS, and the UN.

Felix holds degrees from Goethe-University Frankfurt and the University of Oxford. He is currently a fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar and an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Before returning to the OII for his doctoral studies, Felix worked as a journalist, editor and researcher in London. @_FelixSimon_

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11 April 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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