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University of Wisconsin–Madison

2024: Journalism Ethics & the AI Challenge

Online and in-person at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery,
330 N. Orchard St., Madison, Wis.

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Keynote

9:00 AM CT: 

KEYNOTE: “BOOMER, DOOMER OR SOMETHING IN BETWEEN: WHAT IS ETHICAL COVERAGE OF AI?” BY JULIA ANGWIN

Headshot of Julia Angwin, a white woman wearing black leather jacket and glasses with dark-colored rims.

Julia Angwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, a bestselling author, a New York Times contributing Opinion writer and a Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. She has led investigative teams at The Wall Street Journal and ProPublica, and founded the investigative newsroom The Markup. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

Panel 1

10:10 AM CT:  

AI CHALLENGES: TRUST, BIAS AND AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

This panel will address how the use of AI in media organizations changes ongoing conversations in the field of journalism around these critical ethical areas: newsroom bias, audience engagement and building audience trust.

  • Nikita Roy, Knight Fellow, International Center for Journalists; AI Journalism Lab program lead, Newmark J-School (CUNY); host, Newsroom Robots podcast
  • TBA
  • Moderator: Nicholas Diakopoulos, professor, Communication Studies and Computer Science at Northwestern University; director, Computational Journalism Lab (Northwestern) 

Panel 2

11:10 AM CT:

NEWSROOMS NOW: GUIDELINES FOR COVERING AND USING AI

This panel will discuss the process of forming ethical guidelines and best practices for covering AI and for AI use in the newsroom. Panelists will talk about the ethical issues in play and will also identify specific areas in which AI can help news organizations fulfill their obligations to their audiences.

  • Garance Burke, global investigative journalist, Associated Press
  • Paul Cheung, CEO,The Center for Public Integrity
  • Moderator:  Colin Benedict, vice president, Morgan Murphy Media

12 PM CT: LUNCH

12:45 PM CT: SHADID AWARD PRESENTATION

with judging chair Kathryn McGarr

PANEL 3

1:00 PM CT:

TRUTH DECAY IN THE AGE OF AI: THE TIDAL WAVE OF DECEPTION HEADING STRAIGHT FOR YOU

Headshot of Al Tompkins, a white man wearing a black t-shirt and suit jacket. Al Tompkins brings 51 years of journalism and teaching experience to this session that will explore how artificial intelligence and disinformation will confuse 2024 voters and compound the complexities that journalists face covering contentious races.

  • Presenter: Al Tompkins is an author, a national award-winning reporter and newsroom leader and spent 25 years as senior faculty at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.

2:10 PM CT: CLOSING REMARKS

PANELISTS AND PARTICIPANTS

Headshot of Julia Angwin, a white woman wearing black leather jacket and glasses with dark-colored rims.Julia Angwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, a bestselling author, a New York Times contributing Opinion writer and a Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. She has led investigative teams at The Wall Street Journal and ProPublica, and founded the investigative newsroom The Markup. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

Headshot, Katy CulverKathleen Bartzen Culver is the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics, an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Culver is interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public communication and focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and free expression. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and was the founding editor of PBS MediaShift’s education section.

Headshot of Colin Benedict, a white man wearing a colorful plaid shirt under a light blue blazer.Colin Benedict has been VP of News for Morgan Murphy Media since 2018. In this role, he helps local market teams develop strategies for audience growth in all eight company markets. Benedict is focused on market-leading coverage and unique storytelling across all platforms. His group is committed to continuous improvement and leading through journalism’s changing times. Before this role, Benedict was news director at WISC for 11 years where the station was honored with six national RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards, including the top prize for overall excellence in 2016. He’s also held various reporting, anchor and newsroom leadership roles over two decades in local news. He is a proud 2011 graduate of the 10-month, MBA-style Broadcast Leadership Training program from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation. He lives outside of Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, two kids and a (often barking on video calls) dog.

Photo of Garance Burke, a white woman with long brown hair wearing a blue blazer and standing outside, with series of columns descending behind her in the backgroundGarance Burke is a global investigative journalist with The Associated Press, where she leads a cross-format team investigating the impacts of artificial intelligence technologies in our communities. Her work has prompted federal investigations, cabinet-level resignations and congressional hearings, has been honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting and received awards including the Robert F. Kennedy John Seigenthaler Prize for Courage in Journalism. In 2019, her reporting on the treatment of migrant children was the subject of a national-Emmy award documentary film collaboration between FRONTLINE PBS and AP, and a finalist for a Shadid Award. Burke was a ‘20 fellow at the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships-Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University. San Francisco-based, Burke’s career began in Mexico City at the Mexican financial daily El Financiero and The Washington Post.

Black and white head shot of Paul Cheung, an Asian-American man wearing a dark jacket and glasses

Paul Cheung is a mission-driven executive driving transformative change at the intersection of media and technology.  As the current CEO of The Center for Public Integrity, he spearheads initiatives that meld data analytics with grassroots journalism to influence policy changes. His previous role at the Knight Foundation focused on scaling AI, fostering business sustainability in media, and combating misinformation.

With a career spanning over two decades, Cheung has been a vanguard in the digital transformation of media, having initiated AI, VR/AR, and digital training programs. He has held leadership positions at outlets such as NBC News Digital, The Associated Press, The Miami Herald, and The Wall Street Journal.

Currently, he contributes to the Reynolds Journalism Institute, advising on the utilization of AI tools in newsrooms with limited resources. Besides his professional commitments, Cheung is deeply engaged in philanthropic activities, holding positions on the boards and committees of several organizations including Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Cheung is a graduate of the 2016 Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership program at Columbia University and an alumnus of New York University.

Headshot of Nick Diakopoulos, a white man with brown hair wearing glasses and a plaid button-down shirt.Nicholas Diakopoulos is a Professor in Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Northwestern University where he directs the Computational Journalism Lab and is Director of Graduate Studies for the Technology and Social Behavior Ph.D. program. His research is broadly oriented around topics related to computational journalism with active research projects on (generative) AI, automation, and algorithms in news production and distribution. He also pursues research in the area of AI, Ethics, & Society with projects related to algorithmic accountability, transparency, and impact. He is the author of the award-winning book “Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media” from Harvard University Press.

Headshot of Nikita Roy

Nikita Roy is a Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists and hosts the Newsroom Robots podcast, which is regarded as a space for the “news industry to actively discuss AI.” Harvard University has featured her as a ‘Futurist’ for her work on the podcast.

She leads the AI Journalism Lab at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

A two-time semifinalist in the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge, she incubated her digital news startup, The NRI Nation, at Harvard Innovation Labs.

Recognized as a thought leader in AI and journalism, she actively engages as speaker and moderator at related events and leads AI workshops for newsrooms.

Her expertise has been highlighted in Nieman Lab, Yahoo Finance and CBC. Additionally, she has contributed as a Generative AI Specialist to developing an AI tool at the University of Toronto.

An alumna of the University of Toronto and Harvard University, Nikita is also the President of the Canadian Association of Journalists – National Capital Region chapter.

Headshot of Al Tompkins, a white man wearing a black t-shirt and suit jacket.

Al Tompkins brings 51 years of journalism and teaching experience to this session that explores how artificial intelligence and disinformation will confuse 2024 voters and compound the complexities that journalists face covering contentious races. He is an author, a national award-winning reporter and newsroom leader and spent 25 years as Senior Faculty at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. His book, “Aim for the Heart,” was adopted by more than 150 university journalism departments around the world.

Tompkins has been awarded the National Emmy and the Sprague Award, which is the highest award presented by the National Press Photographers Association. He won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for international reporting, seven National Headliner Awards, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel, three Gabriel Awards, two Iris Awards and was awarded the Governor’s Prize from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

He has taught thousands of journalists worldwide in seminars and workshops and has taught in newsrooms in Canada, Egypt, Japan, Iceland, Caymans, South Africa, Ecuador and 49 states.His client list includes NBC News, CNN, The Weather Channel, National Geographic, WNBC, KCBS, WCAU, WSMV, WTVF, WRC, WMAQ, WBBM, CBC, CTV, Global News, Univision, Telemundo and many more.

Al and his wife, The Reverend Sidney Tompkins, a licensed therapist, work with journalists who are in conflict-zones worldwide teaching them skills to manage stress and trauma.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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