JANUARY 23, 2023

Making the Media S3E09: AI—Threat or Opportunity?

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What will the use of artificial intelligence mean for the news and media industry? Is it a threat to jobs or an opportunity to be more creative and uncover new stories and new audiences?

In the ninth episode of season three of the Making the Media Podcast, host Craig Wilson is joined by award-winning journalist Charlie Beckett from the Polis Journalism and AI project at the London School of Economics to discuss this topic.

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  • Ways to utilize artificial intelligence to enhance journalism
  • How newsrooms are testing out AI
  • Using AI to enhance the audience experience

Our Guest This Episode

Charlie Beckett

Charlie Beckett is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications. He is the founding director of Polis, the London School of Economics' (LSE) international journalism think tank. Professor Beckett is currently leading the Polis Journalism and AI project. He was director of the LSE’s Truth, Trust, and Technology Commission that reported on the misinformation crisis in 2018. He is the author of SuperMedia (Wiley Blackwell, 2008) that set out how journalism is being transformed by technological and other changes. He was an award-winning filmmaker and editor at LWT, BBC, and ITN. He began his career on the South London Press and ended it as a program editor at Channel 4 News where he covered major stories such as the terrorist attacks on New York and London. He was a specialist in politics and international affairs.

You've got to be better than the machine. You can't just do routine, formulaic journalism anymore because the software can do that.

Charlie Beckett, London School of Economics.

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