AI can certainly be used to distort reality and infringe on people’s right, but, according to Krishna Bharat, it also has tremendous potential to revive democracy and enhance the craft of journalism. Speaking about the fight against disinformation, Bharat said that the plethora of infomration tech companies have about their users could easily be used to detect the authenticity of social media accounts. When it comes to journalism, Bharat spoke about the promising trends in personalisation of news, transcription accuracy and scalable interviews, which could provide comprehensive feedback on the most complex issues.
Women’s underrepresentation in newsrooms is not just about gender inequality — it is also about ensuring quality journalism. This is why Ros Atkins, BBC Anchor, proposed to create the BBC 50:50 project, which aims to increase women’s representation in journalism. He speaks about how he came up with the project, the challenges he encountered and what the preliminary results are. Atkins’ major takeaway is that instead of spending energy on trying to persuade people, one should simply work with those who want to make a change. Could the 50:50 project work elsewhere? Rana Ayyub, a prominent Indian investigative journalist, provides an international perspective, and explains what it’s like to be a woman journalist in India.
What are the new ways and tools that media literacy offers to journalists in order to fight misinformation with their audiencies? Alexandra Peng, Programme Manager at Global Editors Network, presented three prototypes for the Media Literacy Toolkit, a GEN programme supported by the EU: 1.’’Thinklit’’ – a mobile app based on best practices of fact-checking, targeting journalists, students and teachers 2. “Seems legit’”- a plugin for journalists and newsrooms to help evaluate the quality of an article 3. “Fight for Facts” – a videogame for children, teaching how to spot disinformation in a fun and engaging way.
Nikos Panagiotou, Assistant Professor at the Aristotle University, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, in Thessaloniki, spoke about how important it is for journalists themselves to be media literatre. ‘’We need to connect the dots! What’s important is to work out how journalists will transform data into meaningful content.’’ Angie Pitt, Project director at The Guardian Foundation, emphasised the importance of transparency: “If we want the public to trust the media, we have to open our doors and show everyone what we do”.
See more session videos here.
We are also producing daily newsletters covering the GEN Summit – subscribe now!