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Local News AI

Narrowing the technology gap between national and local newsrooms

AP’s Local News AI initiative has selected 15 newsrooms for a design sprint. Five of those projects will be selected for development and implementation. AP will consult on projects that stretch from Alaska to Puerto Rico on technology that involve automatic translation, public records delivery into CMSs, audience question-answer bots and more. Here are the newsrooms: KTUU-TV in Alaska, KYMA-TV in Arizona, Hearst Newspapers in California, Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., in Iowa the Ottumwa Courier and Lee Enterprises, in Michigan WUOM-FM and the Detroit Free Press, The Haitian Times in New York, Forum Communications Company in North Dakota, in Ohio Richland Source and Lima News, El Vocero in Puerto Rico, The Post and Courier in South Carolina and KSAT-TV in Texas. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Learn more about the initiative.

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The Local News AI initiative is made available by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

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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.