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How Artificial Intelligence can benefit resource-challenged newsrooms. A new trend report by the World Editors Forum - WAN-IFRA

How Artificial Intelligence can benefit resource-challenged newsrooms. A new trend report by the World Editors Forum - WAN-IFRA


A new report, "AI in the Newsroom", has been published by the World Editors Forum, the network for editors within WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers. The report is the second of the 2019 Trends in Newsrooms series. It features case studies of how artificial intelligence is being used in newsrooms around the world, plus discussion of the risks, challenges, and ethics

Through case studies and interviews with individuals at the forefront of AI, the report offers an in-depth look at how AI is impacting and transforming the news creation process.

The case studies go beyond inspiring examples from well-funded, pioneering newsrooms. Included are ideas from resource-challenged operations who are experimenting with machine learning to eliminate repetitive tasks and augment decision making, thereby freeing up journalists. The report offers expert advice for those wanting to start their AI journey.

Through investigations such as the Panama Papers, we have seen the power of AI and what it can do for journalism. Projects on that scale require vast resources and collective effort. Many small newsrooms looking for tech solutions to solve resource issues or tailor their products don’t know where to start. We hope the examples in this report give them inspiration,” said Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director of the World Editors Forum.

The technology is evolving rapidly, and so too experimentation and adoption. So expect more from WAN-IFRA on this subject in the year to come. This report is our second on this subject this year. It builds on "News Automation – The rewards, risks and realities of 'machine journalism". We hope together they demystify the road ahead.


These case studies are included in the report:

  • MittMedia, Sweden
  • The Business Times, Singapore
  • Aftenposten, Norway
  • Dagens Næringsliv, Norway


The 28-page report is available free to download for members of WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum at the following link: AI in the Newsroom.  

The first report in the Trends in Newsrooms 2019 edition, Audience and Community take centre stage, is available here under the same terms.

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For more information or to enquire about joining the World Editors Forum, contact: Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA | email:


ABOUT WAN-IFRA. WAN-IFRA is the World Association of News Publishers. Its mission is to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media. WAN-IFRA provides its members with expertise and services to innovate and prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in society. With formal representative status at the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe, it derives its authority from its global network of leading news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 national association members representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries.

THE WORLD EDITORS FORUM is the leading WAN-IFRA's network for editors news organisations around the world. It is built on a commitment to defend press freedom and promote editorial excellence. It was established around two decades ago and has since built up a network of editors around the world who focus on building capacity of newsrooms through training, innovative practices, conferences and sharing of experiences. It is part of WAN-IFRA - the global organisation of the world's press. Read More


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