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AP’s Local News AI helps U.S. local newsrooms to identify and adopt artificial intelligence-based solutions. The program surveyed the U.S. local news landscape on AI readiness, published a report of the findings and created a six-unit course to teach to knowledge interests in AI and news. The program also developed blueprints for 15 newsroom projects that use AI and then created tools for five of those newsrooms.
The Local News AI initiative is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
AP worked with five newsrooms and university development teams at Northwestern University, Stanford University, and the University of Missouri to build these projects. The code base is available for use for free when indicated at AP’s GitHub repository, click the relevant blurbs below to access.
AP’s Aimee Rinehart and Ernest Kung provide an overview of the five projects and two years of work on the Local News AI initiative.
Brainerd Dispatch (Minn.)
Automated writing of public safety incidents into the content management system.
El Vocero de Puerto Rico
Publication of Spanish-language news alerts using National Weather Service data in English.
KSAT-TV (Texas)
Automated transcription of recorded videos and summarizing the transcripts to create an article’s initial framework.
Michigan Radio
Rebuilt the core of the Minutes application, which creates transcripts of city council meetings, along with adding keyword-based reporter alerts
Sorting of event pitches received via email and automatically populating them into the coverage planner.
Learn how your newsroom stacks up against other local U.S. operations for AI. The scorecard covers all facets of news operations, including newsgathering, production, distribution and business operations.
AP published a report with insights shared by almost 200 local news operations from across the U.S. The report combines scorecard results and interviews to provide a glimpse into what is happening locally when it comes to technology.
AP created an on-demand course based on our research report. A series of experts will walk you through how to build an automation and AI strategy across newsgathering, production, distribution and business operations.
There are many benefits for local newsrooms to implement tools that include automation and AI, however there are also complexities and risks inherent with tools that include AI. Below are links to recent AP investigations on how AI impacts society.
U.S. police agencies have been using an obscure tracking tool to follow people’s whereabouts, sometimes without a warrant, AP finds. 
Investigative reporters probe bias concerns about the use of algorithms to make key decisions in the U.S. child welfare system.
AP journalists investigate the impacts of the gunshot detection technology ShotSpotter in U.S. cities and courtrooms.


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