Ethics and Technology

NYT’s Seward Shares Missteps and Potential
Of AI Use in Newsrooms

Zach Seward, the editorial director of AI initiatives at The New York Times, shared what's working and what's not in AI, as well as what we can learn from both, in a talk he gave to an audience of NYU students, alumni, faculty and professional journalists at NYU's Ethics & Journalism Initiative.

“AI News That’s Fit to Print” With Zach Seward of the New York Times

Zach Seward, editorial director of AI Initiatives at The New York Times, joined journalists and students for an Ethics & Journalism "Lunch & Learn" session to discuss how news organizations are "using AI in both supremely dumb and incredibly smart ways -- and lessons we can draw from both types of examples that illuminate the most ethical and effective applications for journalism." This event occurred on April 8, and you may read a recap and view the slides.

Many News Sites Are Blocking AI Web Crawlers, New Research Shows

New research by the Reuters Institute finds that news organizations in the U.S. are blocking artificial intelligence companies from copying the news sites' online content, a process known as crawling or scraping that is used to train AI applications.

Journalism Prize Groups Mull How Use of AI Should Influence Their Decisions

The increasing use of artificial intelligence to research or create journalism is prompting organizations that sponsor journalism prizes to examine how AI may affect submissions and the awarding of prizes, according to a NiemanLab report prepared by journalist Alex Perry.

Exploring the Potential Risks and Rewards of Using AI in Newsrooms

Journalists from Reuters and the AP joined an NYU assistant professor and moderator Gina Chua, executive editor at Semafor, to discuss how to get the most value from AI while minimizing the risks of deep fakes and lost trust from the public. The Nov. 29 event for NYU students, faculty, journalists and guests was the second panel of the evening as part of the launch of the Ethics & Journalism Initiative. You'll find the EJI Takeaways from the panel and a link to a video in this post.

Panel Discussions
On Political Reporting, AI

Leading thinkers and journalists sparked lively discussion in two panels about political reporting and artificial intelligence at the launch event of the Ethics and Journalism Initiative. The event occurred on Nov. 29, 2023. You may read a recap or view a video of the entire conversation.