Knight Center 2023: Pioneering AI training fuels journalism’s future.

  • The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas led pioneering AI training for thousands of journalists in 2023, focusing on the understanding and implication of AI in the news industry.
  • Four instructor-led online courses, three self-directed courses , a multilingual webinar, and a panel discussion titled “How can journalism incorporate AI, including generative tools like ChatGPT and Bard, to improve production and distribution of news?” were initiated by the Knight Center.
  • The Center made a significant expansion this year with a growth in training participants, staffing, and online activity, largely thanks to a 5-year, $4 million grant from the Knight Foundation.
  • Online courses reached more than 300,000 participants, featuring experts in journalism, technology and press freedom. The curriculum included instructions on AI, explanatory journalism, data journalism, solutions journalism, digital investigations, product thinking and legal protections for journalists.
  • The 2023 International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) and the 16th Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism were also successful, both taking place in-person and online.
  • The Knight Center’s trilingual news magazine, LatAm Journalism Review (LJR), published 252 original stories and compiled about 45 news monitor posts each month.

In efforts to keep journalists abreast with evolving technology, the Knight Center led a push in AI training. Through multiple online courses and a webinar, the Center aimed to equip journalists with an understanding of AI’s influence in their profession and the potential opportunities it presents.

Alongside AI, a variety of topics crucial to journalism such as data journalism, digital investigations, and legal protections were covered in the online courses. The instructors for these courses are acknowledged as experts in their respective fields.

Engagement stretched beyond online learning with the 2023 International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) and the 16th Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism. The ISOJ welcomed over 1000 attendees while the Colloquium profited from 550 attendees. These platforms allowed relevant and prevailing issues in journalism to be addressed.

Moreover, the Knight Center’s reach and impact was supplemented by its trilingual news magazine, LatAm Journalism Review (LJR), which regularly published newsworthy content with an emphasis on press freedom and journalism innovations within Latin America and the Caribbean.

This extensive work carried out by the Knight Center was made possible by the generous support from the Knight Foundation and valuable contributions from its community members. As 2023 comes to an end, the center reflects on its accomplishments with enthusiasm towards the upcoming year and the innovative programs they have planned for it.