The Academy is an 8-week fully-virtual programme, with six core modules, one introduction week, and one wrap-up week. Each module has a different focus:
MODULE #1 → What is AI and how is it used in journalism?
In this module, we will explore key concepts and definitions related to artificial intelligence, including machine learning, neural networks, and natural language processing/generation (NLP/NLG). Participants will gain a foundational understanding of AI and its applications in journalism.
MODULE #2 → TOOLS & APPLICATIONS
In this module, we will focus on exploring available AI tools and how to implement them in the journalistic process. We will examine case studies of successful AI implementations in journalism, and provide guidance on selecting and integrating AI tools into newsrooms.
MODULE #3 → DATA & TECHNOLOGY
In this module, we will focus on the importance of data and technology in AI implementation. We will discuss the types of data needed for AI processes and the tech infrastructure required to support them. Participants will also learn about data privacy and security concerns that must be addressed when implementing AI in journalism.
MODULE #4 → PEOPLE & CULTURE
In this module, we will examine the skills and cultural changes required for journalists and news organisations to effectively leverage the power of AI. We will discuss the importance of fostering an AI-literate culture within newsrooms, and explore strategies for identifying and developing the necessary skills among journalists and editorial staff.
MODULE #5 → RISKS & CONCERNS
In this module, we will identify the risks and concerns associated with AI in journalism, such as bias, accountability, and transparency. Participants will learn about ethical considerations when using AI, and explore strategies for mitigating the potential harms of AI in journalism.
MODULE #6 → FROM IDEATION TO IMPLEMENTATION
In this module, we will focus on ideation, exploring the different possibilities and scenarios where AI can be applied to journalism. Through brainstorming sessions and group exercises, participants will develop new ideas for AI tools that can enhance and support their journalistic work.
In addition to the main programme we will also offer an extra workshop for those who are interested.
[Optional] EXTRA MODULE → IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP
This workshop will be held a few weeks after the completion of the Academy to give participants time to ideate and develop their AI projects. During this workshop, participants will receive guidance and support from experts to help them bring their AI projects to life.