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AI in the Newsroom: Friends or Foe?

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The development of AI has redefined the implications of technology in the newsroom. The adoption of robot reporters and automated journalism has sparked a worldwide debate about what AI means for journalism. Is AI a threat or an opportunity? How can AI help newsrooms survive and shape the future of journalism? What are the pitfalls and ethical implications of AI-written articles? 


Wan Ulfa Nur ZuhraPrivat: © Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

is the founder and executive director of Indonesian Data Journalism Network. She also works as senior sub-editor at Glance Indonesia. Wan Ulfa has been working as a journalist since 2011. Before joining Glance, she was partner-manager for Collaborative Reporting for Tirto.id. In 2019, her team revealed the massive sexual assault cases in Indonesian universities. Their series of reports won the SOPA Award for Public Service Journalism 2020 and Tasrif Award 2020.

In 2018, she received a Master’s degree in data journalism from Birmingham City University under the Chevening Scholarship program. She won the Midlands Media Student Award in the news category during the studies.

Sebastian JannaschPrivat: © Sebastian Jannasch

Sebastian Jannasch

is Deputy Head of Corporate Strategy of Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). Sebastian looks at media and technology trends with an eye to strategy development. He led the process to create DW’s strategic and ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence and served as team lead in the innovation unit “DW Lab”. Before joining DW, he worked as a journalist for a national newspaper in Germany. He has degrees in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and Humboldt University Berlin and has spent study periods in London and Washington D.C.

Alexandra BorchardtPrivat: © Jacobia Dahm

Alexandra Borchardt

is a senior journalist, book author, lecturer and media adviser. She is a consultant and coach for the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in their Table Stakes Europe program on the digital transformation of newsrooms, and she is associated with Hamburg Media School, where she heads the Journalism Innovators Program. She is the lead author of the soon to be published EBU News Report of the European Broadcasting Union and is affiliated with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford as a Senior Research Associate since serving as Director of Leadership programs until 2019. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily.

Charlie BeckettPrivat: © Charlie Beckett

Charlie Beckett

is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. He is founding director of Polis, the LSE's international journalism think tank. He is currently leader of the Polis/LSE Journalism AI project that provides research, training, innovation workshops and events on how AI is changing the news media. Before joining the LSE, Beckett was an award-winning filmmaker, producer and program editor at the BBC and ITN's Channel 4 News.


Yearry Panji SetiantoPrivat: © Dessy Dristy

Yearry Panji Setianto

is a lecturer in communication science at Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University and Multimedia Nusantara University. Yearry completed his doctoral program at Ohio University and is currently focusing on critical data studies. His research has been presented at a number of international seminars, including the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) and EuroSEAS. He has also published his research in the Journal of Media and Religion and Southeast Asian Studies. Yearry has attended a number of short courses at the Queensland University of Technology (2018), KITLV-Leiden University (2018), and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2019). In 2019 he was invited as a visiting researcher at RMIT University's Digital Ethnography Research Center (DERC) in Melbourne, Australia.