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AI in your newsroom: how to use. Digital ABC program for independent media

Media managers from Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova are invited to apply to take part in the WAN-IFRA Women in News Digital ABCs capacity building programme ‘Foundations of AI in the Newsroom’, supported by DT Global as part of the EU 4 Independent Media (EU4IM) programme, of which WAN-IFRA is a consortium partner.

In Ukraine the local partnership is represented by Association of Regional Publishers of Ukraine (airpu.org).

The Foundations of AI, or Module E of the WAN-IFRA Women in News Digital ABCs series is an interactive and intensive 9-week programme to impart the foundations and implications around generative AI on the news media industry, while facilitating peer exchange and networking between media throughout the European neighbourhood countries of Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova.

Delivered through 5 sequential lessons which culminate in a final assignment, participants will walk through the newsroom and operation applications of the new technology alongside ethics of adopting the rapidly changing technology. Examples include automating routine content updates like the weather or simple photo captions, scraping the web for news articles etc..

Each lesson is accompanied by an assignment that must be completed in order to progress to the next lesson. 

Local Facilitators will review the assignments and give feedback during semi weekly local chapter online tutorials. During these local tutorials, guest presenters from other local chapters will share their own stories of usages of AI in the newsroom either through production or processes, to encourage peer-to-peer exchanges and best practice share. Lyndsey Jones, course architect, will join in each local chapter tutorial at the mid-way point of the course. 

The final assignment will serve as a platform to apply for the EU-funded production support call within the EU4IM programme that will be issued in Q3 2024. Proposals should incorporate key learnings and tools imparted from the programme. Completion of Module ‘E’ is a prerequisite to consideration for the content production support. Proposals will be reviewed by an impartial expert panel. A possibility of funding up to 30 projects, carrying maximum value of EUR15,000 each, may be issued. Proposals are submitted as the 4th and final assignment in the AI Module.

Additionally, the top proposal within each local chapter – as voted on by your peers –  will travel to Copenhagen to participate in the WAN-IFRA News Media Congress taking place from 27-29 May 2024.        

Application deadline: Friday, 16 February

Please note, successful candidates should have a strong working knowledge of English. While course content and live interactions through webinars will be delivered in local languages, all assignments throughout the programme must be submitted in English. There are a total of 4 assignments, with the final assignment serving as the proposal for the EU4IM production grants. 

The total approximate time investment required by participants is 1-2 hours per week for a period of 9 weeks, excluding the final assignment. 

Click here to apply: https://womeninnews.org/eu4im-module-e-application/ 

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