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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.

Register for the Buenos Aires Media Party!

The famous Buenos Aires Media Party is happening next week! This year, the conference’s main focus will be AI, with a concentration in three key areas: ethics, security, and privacy. The three pillars of the conference are Product, Audience and Monetization. Over 2,000 people attend the largest Hacks/Hackers gathering. It takes place from October 5-7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and registration is free! Worth a Read: Apple Podcasts recently announced a design overhaul, what may be part of a larger trend of monetizing podcasts.

Journalism groups ask Press Forward to distribute funding equitably

The Press Forward fund, a $500 million investment over five years, aims to bolster the structure of local news in the US. The coalition is led by the MacArthur Foundation and includes nearly two dozen other funders, including the Lenfest Institute and the Knight Foundation. A group of journalism organizations, including the National Association of Black Journalists, the Online News Association, and OpenNews, issued an open letter to Press Forward, asking the coalition to prioritize equitable distribution of the fund to underrepresented voices.

Register for our free AI class

Registration is now open for our free month-long class on “How to use ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in your newsroom”! Hacks/Hackers, along with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is providing the online course in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The course runs from September 25 through October 22, and you can learn more about the course on its website here. Worth a Read: When multi-line line charts start to look like multi-colored spaghetti, Nightingale wrote about some creative, “saucy” solutions to more clearly present the data.

We're hiring at Hacks/Hackers

Hacks/Hackers is hiring for two positions related to our NSF-funded Analysis and Response for Toolkit for Trust (ARTT) project: A Researcher to conduct research, coordinate efforts and contribute to the creation of related materials. A Community Coordinator to shape and maintain a supportive user community, and ensure the success of the expert-informed software tool aimed at addressing vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. Both jobs are remote, but applicants must be authorized to work in the U.

Join our new AI course with the Knight Center!

Hacks/Hackers, with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, is offering a new online course on generative AI. The course, “How to use ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in your newsroom,” will investigate how AI tools can impact newsrooms, and how journalists can put them to work. The MOOC features Sil Hamilton, an AI researcher at Hacks/Hackers, and Aimee Rinehart from the Associated Press’ Local News AI initiative. It runs from from September 25th to October 22nd - and registration is free!

Hacks/Hackers is hiring!

We’re hiring a Community Coordinator to help with our NSF-funded Analysis and Response for Toolkit for Trust (ARTT) project. The role will involve various responsibilities related to community engagement, software testing, documentation, and external communication efforts. The job is remote, but applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 31. The ARTT team is looking to fill this position by the end of September.

Wikimania 2023 is coming up this week

The 2023 edition of Wikimania, taking place in Singapore this week from August 16th to 19th, will feature over 600 attendees, including prominent figures like Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and Wikimedia Foundation CEO Maryana Iskander. Wikimania celebrates Wikimedia projects and volunteers, focusing on diversity, collaboration, and the future of technology and knowledge sharing. It will involve keynote presentations, gender equity discussions, cultural heritage preservation, and collaborative hackathons. Worth a Read: