By Nancy Lane • President, Local Media Association
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are creating new and exciting opportunities for local news organizations. Are you taking advantage?
LMA members and friends are invited to apply for a seat at NewsLab ’20 – How AI Can Foster Local News Innovation. The event, conducted by NYC Media Lab, takes place Jan. 24-25 and is supported by Knight Foundation. (Apply here by Dec. 5: https://nycmedialab.org/newslab20. Some travel stipends are available.)
This gathering will be very interactive and hands-on, featuring several design thinking sessions. Collaborative projects that develop from this lab may be eligible for funding.
At LMA, we are starting to see lots of great work going on in this space.
A good example comes from Michigan Radio. They were one of the GNI Innovation Challenge winners for their project, The Tracker. This project will use machine learning to analyze audio recordings from local government meetings across Michigan. The Tracker “will pull audio from meetings and make it available on podcast feeds and smart speakers, and use speech-to-text transcription to create a new database of meeting transcripts that newsrooms can use to track issues across communities.”
This is one small but powerful example of how local media can use AI/ML to create efficiencies and provide better coverage of local news and issues.
We encourage all journalists and newsroom innovators to apply for this fabulous learning opportunity. We’ve spent time at NYC Media Lab over the years, during Innovation Missions and more, and we can guarantee that this will be a game-changing experience for you.