Towards Responsible AI in Local Journalism

The Towards Responsible AI in Local Journalism Project aims to investigate how AI applications can support local newsrooms in researching, creating, and distributing news. Its team is made up of international researchers from Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway to research and develop AI-based applications for local journalism. Interdisciplinary by design, the collaborative research team comes from the academic fields of computational communication and linguistics, media management and economics, AI law and ethics. For reasons of social responsibility, AI applications in journalism should not only increase economic efficiency but contribute to local media’s democratic role in society by adhering to professional values and ethical standards. They should also ensure news exposure diversity in ways that fit both the editorial missions as well as the business models of local news organizations.

Against this background and the scarce implementation of responsible AI by local news media, this international and interdisciplinary project will pursue four main objectives.

  1. Conducting several Design Thinking projects in collaboration with local news organizations in Germany to develop and evaluate prototypes of responsible AI applications.
  2. Investigating the innovation processes during the Design Thinking projects to analyze intra-organizational conditions that facilitate or constrain responsible AI.
  3. Investigating the innovation processes during the Design Thinking projects to analyze intra-organizational conditions that facilitate or constrain responsible AI.
  4. Developing and disseminating best practices and guidelines for responsible AI in local journalism based on the project’s findings and in collaboration with international, national, and regional industry partners.