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Lakshmi Sivadas

September 1st, 2021

Meet the Participants of the AI Academy for Small Newsrooms

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Lakshmi Sivadas

September 1st, 2021

Meet the Participants of the AI Academy for Small Newsrooms

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

The JournalismAI team is excited to announce that 20 journalists from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East will take part in the first-ever AI Academy for Small Newsrooms.

In July, we launched the Academy with the support of the Google News Initiative. The programme will kickstart small news organisations’ AI-adoption journey. It is free to participate in and will run for six weeks starting in September 2021. 

Selected participants come from 16 different countries, including Nigeria, Lebanon, Denmark, Kenya, Turkey, and Spain. They work for investigative journalism organisations, newspapers, news podcasts, financial news outlets, and other types of news organisations. 

When it comes to adopting AI, smaller news organisations risk falling behind. We first warned of the issue in our 2019 report, New Powers, New Responsibilities, where we recorded the role of AI in widening inequalities within the journalism industry. Smaller news organisations face multiple challenges, from competing for a limited pool of tech talent, to cost considerations and the lack of an industry-wide playbook that they can emulate. 

With this programme, we hope to help small and digital-native news organisations leverage the full potential of artificial intelligence.

“Around the world, we are seeing an exciting growth of smaller, often specialist news organisations doing journalism in different ways for more diverse audiences. But there’s a real risk that they don’t benefit from the economic and editorial gains to be had through deploying AI technologies because they lack the knowledge or resources of bigger newsrooms,” says Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis and JournalismAI. 

“The participants are all from innovative and committed news organisations, and we hope the Academy will give them the insights and information to augment their work with AI tools and systems.”

Participants will learn from industry-leading experts working at the intersection of journalism and AI. Many of them lead AI projects within their news organisations. 

Throughout the course, participants will contribute to the development of a strategic action plan that may guide their future steps towards implementing AI-powered tools in their organisations. This document will be an open-source directory for small news organisations that would like to begin their AI journey. 

Meet the participants of the 2021 AI Academy for Small Newsrooms:

We received over 250 applications for the Academy and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply. The programme is in its pilot phase this year and we hope to extend it to other regions of the world in 2022. Sign up for our newsletter to receive future updates and opportunities from JournalismAI.

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