Google is working with academics and subject matter experts to help journalists and publishers explore ways in which AI technologies can assist their work. They have announced new lessons for journalists and news business teams at small- and medium-sized news publishers to strengthen their AI literacy, with a focus on new and existing tools provided by Google. For example, these lessons can help journalists understand how to speed up investigative journalism processes with Pinpoint and find fact checks on topics easily with Fact Check Explorer.
In addition to the new lessons, Google is also providing funding for five new research projects to examine the ways generative AI technology can fight misinformation, strengthen quality information, and tackle harmful content. The funding will support independent research at the University of Cambridge, the University of Westminster working with Facts Matter, Full Fact, Meedan, and WITNESS. This effort builds on their partnership with “Journalism AI” at the London School of Economics, which has been developing training and research to support journalists around the world since 2018.
Google is committed to continuing to develop tools and resources that support journalists’ work around the world and has more plans for the year ahead.