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Local News AI

AP’s Local News AI seeks to narrow the technology gap between national and local newsrooms.

AP publishes its findings in a new report with insights shared by almost 200 local news leaders across the U.S. The report is a rare glimpse into what is happening at the local level when it comes to technology and newsrooms managing the onslaught of information with a shrinking operation. AP also has a free, six-week online course that identifies needs discovered in our national scorecard. The series offers live classes, recorded tutorials on tools and techniques to better automate newsgathering, production, distribution and business-side tools.

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This program is made available by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

How AI can help your local newsrooms


A variety of news gathering tools can enable journalists to break news and dig deeper. Social media feeds can be scanned and reviewed with natural-language processing, and data can be sorted and analyzed.

News production

AI tools can streamline workflows to enable journalists to concentrate on higher-order work, like automatic transcription of video, experimenting with the automatic-generation of video shot-lists, and story summaries.

News distribution

AI can optimize content by creating a tagging system to help surface content more easily, offer predictive virality of stories and social posts, curate reader comments, and A/B headline testing.

Read about our work

Learn more about how the AP has been a leader in advancing AI across the news industry.

Local newsrooms in all 50 states accept AI readiness challenge

AP’s Local News AI achieved a milestone with an AI “readiness scorecard” submitted from at least one newsroom in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Guam.


How AI can deliver better journalism

Some people have concerns about “robots” taking away jobs. But for news businesses already impacted by layoffs, adopting targeted AI technologies can augment the work of reporters and producers.


AP launches AI readiness scorecard

AP started surveying local U.S. news outlets to assess their readiness to adopt technologies that use AI, a first step in the news agency’s two-year commitment to expand local newsrooms’ use of AI tools.


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