The New York Times | Google tests AI tool that can write news articles

According to the New York Times, Google is exploring AI tools for journalists. The Times claims that three notable news publications and organisations, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal’s owner, News Corp, have been approached by Google to potentially use their tool, Genesis, that can take in information details of current events, for example, and generate news content. Read the article here

Reuters Institute | Five key questions for business journalists navigating sustainability coverage

Traditionally business journalism has focused on tracking and analysing business, economic and financial issues and activities that take place in countries and companies. However, with the increased focus on climate change and global warming, journalists have found themselves reporting on climate change and how it can disrupt the stability and prosperity of many companies and industries. As a result, journalists have to adjust how they report on business and finance. Read the article here. 

Columbia Journalism Review | A murdered journalist, the media mogul, and an epic reporting project in Cameroon

In January, Cameroonian investigative journalist, Martinez Zogo was violently murdered resulting in widespread fear for safety amongst journalists. This article details the violence that Cameroonian journalists have faced with reporting in the country. Read the article here

Nieman Lab | Google News Initiative grants in Africa and the Middle East yield mixed results, study finds

A study has found that in Africa and the Middle East one-year grants supplied by the Google News Initiative struggle to take off and those projects often yield results that are far from the original idea that are “minimum variable products”. There are various reasons listed for why this is the case. Learn about them here.

IJNET  | Combating disinformation around Nigeria’s 2023 election

A fact-checking organisation based in Nigeria analysed metadata and used digital tools such as Google reverse image search, to debunk misleading multimedia posted online during Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election. Read the article here.

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