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“If we don’t change our thinking, the next incoming president will be the last president.”
From left to right: journalists Hannah Wise, Johny Cassidy, Joanna Crawford, and Korina Theodorakaki, on the journalism and disability panel at the International Journalism Forum in Athens, Greece on September 28, 2023.
“The tools that journalists are given [should be] accessible — and designed with people like me in an advisory role.”
Generative AI systems act like “stochastic parrots,” using statistical models to guess word orders and pixel placements. That’s incompatible with a free press that commands its own words.
“The disconnect many young people feel may come from a lack of representation, which we show violates a fundamental aspect of how audiences — teens and adults — define what is news.”
“You say you’re giving more dollars to BIPOC newsrooms? Well, you’re actually giving to intermediaries who are filtering down those dollars to BIPOC newsrooms. But they’re not filtering down enough.”
“When our models noticed stocks of companies moving in ways that typically indicate news, our system pinged the relevant beat reporter in Slack so he or she could hit the phones and see what’s going on. It’s a great way to break news.”
“It is essential — for us all — that the protections afforded to journalists under international law are scrupulously upheld, and those responsible for their deaths are caught and face the consequences.”