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Journalism and AI


Data-driven models and artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly being integrated into various industries, and journalism is no exception. Therefore, the Media Institute Fojo at Linnaeus University and Media & Democracy are collaborating on a pilot project.

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The accelerating development is raising demands for knowledge among journalists and newsrooms. This involves understanding how the growth of data and AI-based operations impacts the coverage areas of journalism and how this development can strengthen and innovate journalism. In both cases, the focus is on sharpening the understanding of both opportunities and risks.

Fojo in Kalmar has been responsible for journalist training since 1972, and the new project is a digital "training pilot." It consists of a two-part lecture:

  1. A concrete overview and examples of why and how reporters and newsrooms can better comprehend the rapid developments in data and AI, and how that understanding can enhance reporting and investigation in various domains.

  2. Ideas where data- and AI-inspired approaches can assist journalists and news media in improving journalism.

The lecture will be offered as part of Fojo's course offering known as "Fojo at 40," and the lecturer is Anders Thoresson. He is a journalist who, for over two decades through articles, podcasts, and lectures, has covered technological advancements and how technology is transforming society and organizations. Since 2020, he has been working at Lindholmen Science Park as a project manager at AI Sweden and for Media & Democracy. Between 2020 and 2022, Anders Thoresson led the project "The Media Industry and AI."

The project runs from February 1st to August 15th, 2023.