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AI's Impact on Journalism | Blake McCoy | Chicago, IL

Ai is influencing every industry available and that includes journalism.

By Blake McCoyPublished 7 months ago 3 min read

A recent poll by the Press Gazette revealed that most voters believe AI robots are threatening the journalism industry. Although AI is still in its early stages of development, it is already being used in the news industry to gather, produce, and distribute information. These tools help in the gathering of facts and the distribution of information.

Introduction of AI

In the news industry, AI tools are already being used to analyze and monitor social media to find breaking news stories. They can also help in the collection of data to improve the quality of journalism. Developers of natural language processors can create transcripts from video and audio recordings. They can also perform simple stories based on datasets.

A survey of over 70 journalists from different news organizations in 32 countries revealed that over half of them use AI for various tasks. Half of them said they use it for newsgathering, while another two-thirds said it is for production. Most of them also said they have started using AI in their newsrooms to make their work more efficient.

Newsrooms Who Are Using AI

The New York Times reduced its digital subscriber churn rate by half last year by implementing AI software. This technology helped create newsletters tailored to each individual’s interests.

Through its AI tool, Bloomberg could provide reporters with the most accurate and timely information about the financial market movements.

The Press Association of England (PA) uses AI to produce local news stories at scale and speed. It can create stories that can reach up to 30,000 monthly for its clients.

AI is Here to Stay

Journalists can now perform various tasks such as searching for stock market reports and writing about sports results using AI. It can do these tasks in multiple languages and faster than before. According to experts, this technology will allow them to spend more time doing the things they love.

Journalists will eventually be able to spot fakes and disinformation using AI, which is expected to play a vital role in fighting this issue as it has in the past. In the future, it is predicted that there will be no need for human journalists in specific roles. However, it will still be up to the publications to ensure they use the technology correctly.

About Blake McCoy

Blake McCoy is a dynamic, engaging broadcast journalist with a depth of experience. As a network news correspondent, Blake has traveled the country sharing stories of human triumph and tragedy, struggle and perseverance. As a local anchor, Blake has connected with audiences by leading top-rated newscasts with authenticity, accuracy and care.

Blake McCoy’s news journey began in Boise, Idaho where he spent nearly two years establishing the foundation for his career as a reporter and morning anchor at KBOI-TV.

Next stop was Las Vegas, NV where Blake McCoy worked as reporter and weekend anchor at KTNV, ABC Action News. Vegas had gone from boom to bust overnight, rattled by the 2008 financial crisis. Reporting on tourism from the fast-paced Las Vegas Strip, Blake found new urgency in the constant push for reinvention. Just beyond the neon, reporting juxtaposed with deeply personal stories of job loss, home foreclosure and desperation.

After three years in Las Vegas, Blake McCoy’s next career opportunity came from the highly respected, award-winning team at KARE 11, NBC in Minneapolis, MN. Blake would keep is schedule anchoring weekend evenings and reporting on important issues in the community. At KARE 11, Blake’s authenticity and smart reporting was quickly embraced by viewers of their #1 rated newscasts.

Network attention followed. Blake McCoy became a National Correspondent at NBC News reporting for TODAY, Nightly News, and MSNBC. Minnesota became his second-home as he would return often covering major stories including investigations and trials of multiple high-profile police shootings, racial injustice and the death of music icon Prince.

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Blake McCoy

Blake McCoy is a dynamic, engaging broadcast journalist with a depth of experience. As a network news correspondent, Blake has traveled the country sharing stories of human triumph and tragedy, struggle and perseverance.

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