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Navigating the storm: The disruption of local television (Part 1)

Local television is experiencing significant changes, including the push from networks to move top shows to streaming platforms, audience declines, and the rise of free ad-supported streaming TV. These changes have resulted in a decline in retransmission fees, increased pressure to produce varied content, and a shift in revenue models. Despite these challenges, local content still has value, and local broadcasters can engage with their communities in new ways, pivot their business models, and find new revenue streams.

Artificial Intelligence is stealthily altering how news is made and how the public finds information

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is proving both a blessing and a bane for news publishers. On the one hand, generative AI technologies promise productivity gains for newsrooms when used responsibly and transparently. However, it also has the potential to create a minefield of misinformation for the public and for journalists to navigate.
Tech Talk

What does the future local website look like? Part 2

In this month's column, E&P columnist Guy Tasaka shares some thoughts on what the future local media website looks like and how local media publishers can thrive in the new environment. As you read his thoughts, consider that any local presence that has the legacy trust can take this playbook and run with it. It could be the two largest television stations in the market, the public media company, the big university or the local chamber of commerce. There are no swimlanes anymore, and local media 3.0 will be a winner-take-all race.

The emerging world of AI-powered search

AI is now powering an upheaval of the search economy that could devastate news publishers desperately needing good news. For the first time since it became the world’s largest search engine in 2000, Google’s dominance in the search market is facing a serious threat. One of the challengers, Perplexity, shoots back short, AI-generated responses to direct questions. Is it perfect? No. Is it pretty useful? Of course. But it comes at a terrible cost to publishers.
Tech Talk

What does the future local website look like? Part 1

Your website is where all your focus needs to be in 2024 and beyond. It is the connection to your local audiences — both consumer and business. It won’t go away, so how do we make it the best and most profitable it can be?
News Media Today

Artificial Intelligence or fair use? Is any real 'intelligence' behind AI?

Are AI-powered chatbots covered under fair use laws, or are they stealing copyrighted content at the expense of the newsrooms that paid to produce it? Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, has been partnering with Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on legislation that would help news organizations grapple with quick-moving changes in the tech world.
Tasaka’s Tech Talk

Please stop the insanity. Time to look into your toolbox beyond another special section or photo contest.

Guy Tasaka, founder and managing partner of Tasaka Digital, suggests that newspapers have spent the past 15-plus years solving the wrong problem because "we didn’t understand our business model. The bad news was we were improving at solving the wrong problem and accelerating ourselves out of business."
Tasaka’s Tech Talk

AI 101. ChatGPT: A year of transforming our lives

In celebrating the first anniversary of ChatGPT on Nov. 30, it’s remarkable to consider how this “modern” artificial intelligence, better known as ChatGPT, has evolved from a niche tool into a global phenomenon. It's the most transformative technology since the introduction of the internet, but it's evolving 100 times faster.
Tasaka Tech Talk

Harnessing AI power, the new frontier for news media executives

By now, you’ve likely heard incessantly about ChatGPT. With OpenAI’s revolutionary tool nearing its eight-month mark, there’s no doubt that generative AI is here to stay. But why should you, as a media executive, also invest time to comprehend JAMstack and No-Code/Low-Code (NC/LC) technologies? These essential components, for building a solid infrastructure, may just be what you need to propel your business forward.
Tech Talk

After learning from Local Media 1.0 and 2.0, get ready for Local Media 3.0

Local Media 3.0 has been in the making for the past decade, but it's now ready to disrupt the industry with new rules, parameters and tools. And, the media landscape is vastly different. There are no barriers to entry in local media, meaning newspapers, television and radio are no longer protected by their capital investment moats or FCC licenses. E&P welcomes our new technology columnist Guy Tasaka, with this 1st monthly: "Tech Talk."
Cover Story

Content automation and AI tools show promise for newsrooms, but they're not without perils

For anyone in the business of news, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of those topics that elicits emotions of equal parts exhilaration and despair. AI shows groundbreaking promise in scientific fields and medicine, and Big Tech is keenly focused on how to further develop its powers. E&P's April cover story centers on the upsides & downsides of AI's inescapable entrance into our newsrooms.
ShopTalk

Analytics — plus face time — gives journalists a more complete understanding of audience coverage preferences

Journalists who know their audience’s interests can serve them better. In determining who reads their education reporting, journalists interviewed for this article say they place more faith in their gut instincts — talking to people in the community — over digital tools. This mirrors an earlier study of education reporters in New York.
News Media Today

Devices, gizmos and whatchamacallits. A few new journalist tools to try

Working remotely in the COVID era has led to a host of unexpected benefits for journalists. But one of the major downsides has been spending less time with colleagues talking shop. Here are a handful of fun apps and tools that Rob Tornoe uses in his reporting. He hopes you find them useful, possibly even making an assignment or two that much easier.

News publishers make a play for audio and video

Newspapers are experimenting with text-to-audio software that allows readers to listen to stories and articles instead of reading them. Neighbor-to-Neighbor News is one such newspaper publisher. This group of newspapers focuses on hyperlocal coverage and has about 4,000 subscribers. Grant Hamilton, the publisher, says it’s a budget-friendly step to enter the audio space.
#NewsMedia Industry Tech News

Fake images generated by artificial intelligence have proliferated so quickly that they’re now nearly as common as those manipulated by text or traditional editing tools like Photoshop, according to researchers at Google and several fact-checking organizations.

The Atlantic, one of the oldest magazines in the U.S., and Vox Media, one of the nation's largest digital media holding companies, have both inked separate licensing and product deals with ChatGPT parent OpenAI.
The 9th Street Journal, a local news publication published by students in the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, has begun using artificial intelligence to fill gaps in local journalism.
With the rollout of Google’s Generative AI Overview for web searches, the game changed for businesses that relied on understanding how to leverage their sites and content for higher ranking.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan said Wednesday that companies that train their artificial intelligence (AI) models on data from news websites, artists’ creations or people’s personal information could be in violation of antitrust laws.
The deal gives OpenAI’s chatbots access to new and archived material from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, MarketWatch and Barron’s, among others.
Digiday spotlights The Post’s addition of AI audio capabilities to the popular politics and policy “Briefs” newsletters.
The journalism industry has been under immense economic pressure over the past two decades, so it makes sense that journalists have started experimenting with generative AI to boost their …
A former OpenAI leader who resigned from the company earlier this week said Friday that safety has “taken a backseat to shiny products” at the influential artificial intelligence company.
Journalists participating in the pilot program will use AI to produce bulleted “key points” of their story.
As news outlets negotiate licenses with AI companies, they must understand what can be licensed, set a price and get those companies to agree to pay.
The A.I. doomsday clock appears ready to strike midnight for publishers.