Samantha Sunne

Take the AP’s new survey on AI

The Associated Press is conducting an anonymous survey on how the news industry approaches AI, with an emphasis on professional and ethical practices around generative AI, like ChatGPT and Midjourney. The survey will be open through the month and take about 25-30 minutes to complete. Results will be published next year, but have published a report on results from its 2021 survey on AI in local newsrooms. Worth a Read:

Apply for a microgrant on credibility projects

Hacks/Hackers is offering micro-grants of up to $10,000 to individuals and organizations who want to research or test new tech tools that can advance global credibility in journalism. The ideal projects will address misinformation issues, involve innovative uses of technology and help working journalists. Applicants must be willing to share their results publicly. Hacks/Hackers is hoping to select 2-4 projects. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2024, but early applications are encouraged.

Honoring Philip Meyer, data journalism pioneer

Philip Meyer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who pioneered incorporating data analysis into investigative journalism, died at the age of 93. The New York Times and Detroit Free Press, where he worked when he won a Pulitzer Prize, both wrote obituaries to honor his legacy. He wrote a book titled “Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods” in 1973, which has had multiple updated editions since. His legacy is also honored in IRE’s Philip Meyer Journalism Award, started in 2005, that “recognizes excellent journalism done using social science research methods.

Sign up for the new AI course from the Knight Center

After the success of the first AI course, the Knight Center is arranging a second online course, called “Generative AI for journalists: Discovering what data can do.” The course is led by Sil Hamilton, Hacks/Hackers' AI researcher at large, and will focus on developing and implementing AI applications into your workflow. The course runs from mid-November to mid-December, and the $95 registration fee offers a more advanced curriculum for a more limited number of students.

New events for the end of the year

The end of 2023 is coming, and lots of events are getting scheduled for 2024! WikiConference North America is happening this week in Toronto, and the AIJC’s annual gathering takes place later this month. Keep an eye on this newsletter for more events as they get added in the new year! Some community favorites like NICAR, IJF and Dataharvest have been announced for the coming months. Worth a Read: The Institute for Nonprofit News released a report on diversity in the nonprofit news sector and found that the racial and ethnic composition of staff at nonprofit news organizations is largely similar to the US population.

Bloomberg opens a hiring spree for its data teams

Bloomberg is hiring around 40 new journalists for its data journalism and visualization teams. The open positions include data visualization reporters, editors, engineers and team leaders. The openings are also global. The jobs themselves are based in Hong Kong, London and New York, but will work with Bloomberg colleagues in Taipei, London, New York, Washington DC and San Francisco. Worth a Read: The European Press Prize announced a new category to celebrate “data journalism and challenges the boundaries of journalism.

Stay in touch for more AI trainings from Hacks/Hackers

The Knight Center had a fantastic turnout for its course “How to use ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in your newsroom.” The MOOC featured Hacks/Hackers AI researcher-in-residence Sil Hamilton, as well as the Associated Press’s Aimee Rineheart. The four-week course concluded this week. As AI becomes more and more embedded into newsrooms, Hacks/Hackers looks forward to finding ways to contribute to the discussion and spread the knowledge. Keep an eye out for more updates!

New AI tools from the Associated Press

As part of its Local News AI initiative, the Associated Press is offering five free “AI-powered products," including automated safety incidents, weather alert translation, video transcription, email pitch sorting, and public meeting transcript creation. They’re hosting a webinar on Oct. 26 to show how to use the tools, and you can register to attend here. You can also answer a short survey on which of these tools would most benefit your newsroom.

New tools and techniques for DEI in data journalism

This week, the European Journalism Centre is hosting a News Impact Summit on climate journalism. The in-person conference in Lisbon will also announce the winner of the Climate Journalism Award. Also, this weekend Investigative Reporters and Editors is hosting AccessFest, an online conference on belonging, equity, and inclusion in newsrooms. AccessFest is entirely online and includes sessions on dataviz, data analysis and online tools. Worth a Read: Burnt Toast creator Virginia Sole-Smith talked to Inbox Collective about how she built a product that now brings in a six-figure income.

Follow the Media Party this week

The famous Buenos Aires Media Party is here! This year, the conference will focus a lot on AI, especially the ethics, security, and privacy surrounding it. If you’re not in Argentina, you can keep an eye out for the #MediaParty hashtag on social media. The Knight Center’s class on generative AI has started strong, with nearly 8,000 people signed up from almost 150 countries. The online course, featuring Hacks/Hackers AI researcher-in-residence Sil Hamilton, started last week.