How to tackle news avoidance: experts and Gen Z’ers weigh in
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by Lucinda Jordaan
2d ago
The Post’s British chief executive, Will Lewis, who assumed the mantle in January, reportedly told staff members last Monday that: “I’m not interested in managing decline. I’m interested in growth,” according to a recording of the meeting. “We are losing large amounts of money. Your audience has halved in recent years. People are not reading your stuff.” “It is getting harder to sell journalism. The market has changed. Our competitors are not only the other paper down the street,” Amalie Kestler, Managing Editor in Chief of Politiken in Denmark, told attendees at a packed session on news avoid ..read more
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Spain’s Relevo boosts homepage engagement by a third with AI-driven coding
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by Neha Gupta
1w ago
Relevo, a Spanish sports news website, known for its innovative mobile home page that emulates the look and feel of TikTok or Instagram’s reels, was launched in October 2022. Though it aims to build a cross-over audience of sports fans, it is focused on Gen Z and Millennials, who feel disengaged or disillusioned with traditional sports coverage. To make the most of the innovative interface and measure success, the newsroom introduced a new ad-hoc metric and AI-supported software coding. This improved the homepage engagement by a third in just two months. The project also proved that non-coders ..read more
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The Copenhagen Criteria: Gen Z identify and update 7 news values that matter
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by Lucinda Jordaan
2w ago
What makes a story newsworthy? At World News Media Congress 2024 in Copenhagen, 12 delegates spent a day with 70 students from International People’s College to answer the question. In a workshop they examined the student’s media preferences and shared perspectives across generations as a baseline to revise the traditional news values. Some were preserved, while others were renewed to a list of seven: Educational – show us news that helps us learn and understand more about relevant topics Empowering – show us news that encourages us and provides tools to take action based on informe ..read more
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Battling disinformation in the era of AI –  Q&A with AFP’s Chief Editor of Digital Verification 
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by WAN-IFRA Staff
3w ago
This year will see dozens of crucial elections around the world – a moment when news organizations can thrive. Unfortunately, such news events are increasingly rife with disinformation, often overwhelming news media’s vigilant efforts to “stop the spread.” That is where they lean on news agencies for their support, tools, resources and solutions.  It is a topic that will be covered extensively during the World Editors Summit track of WAN-IFRA’s upcoming World News Media Congress in Copenhagen (27-29 May).   We asked Lemarchand to share his insights on how AFP is working wit ..read more
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Changing narratives: Al Jazeera+ MD Dima Khatib on leading, and becoming
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by Lucinda Jordaan
1M ago
Our EDITOR TO EDITOR series honours  WAN-IFRA’s 2024 Women in News Editorial Leadership Award Laureates, announced this week. Arab region Laureate Dima Khatib, Managing Director for AJ+, oversees the award-winning digital channels in English, Arabic, Spanish and French. Al Jazeera’s first female executive, Khatib is a Syrian-born Palestinian journalist, poet and translator. She has reported from more than 30 countries, and was once classified as “the most connected woman on Twitter in the Middle East.” Under her leadership, AJ+ amassed over 55 million followers, tens of billions of views ..read more
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Looking at AI’s impact on media through a more future-oriented lens – Q&A with media futurist Sofie Hvitved
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by Dean Roper
1M ago
That is from Sofie Hvitved, Futurist and Head of Media at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Hvitved will join a panel discussion at WAN-IFRA’s upcoming World News Media Congress in Copenhagen to discuss how news publishers can realise the potential of AI, a topic that is sure to dominate the three-day conference. In her role at the Institute, Hvitved is engaged in the intersection between media and technology, and how the future media landscape is going to unfold. She focuses much of her work on the future of the Metaverse as well as being head of the project Future Nordic Media La ..read more
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AI, bias and experiments: how Women in News is tackling tech’s inbuilt stereotypes
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by WAN-IFRA External Contributor
1M ago
Women, migrants, precarious workers, and socioeconomic and racial minorities are disproportionately impacted by Generative AI’s technical limitations, such as hallucinations and negative stereotypes, writes AI journalist Madhumita Murgia in her new book, Code Dependent: Living in the shadow of AI. “And it’s because they rarely have a voice in the echo chambers in which AI is being built,” says Murgia, the first artificial intelligence editor of the Financial Times. We have seen the effects of bias play out during workshops run over the past year by WAN-IFRA Women In News on the Age of AI in th ..read more
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‘Try fast and kill faster,’ CEO of Brazil’s UOL on staying relevant, growing reach and revenues
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by Raquel Gonzalez
1M ago
UOL is the largest Brazilian content, technology, and digital services company, embodying a pioneering spirit and culture of innovation. Its journey began in 1996-1997 as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), a necessity during Brazil’s internet infancy. Over time, UOL pivoted towards content creation and digital products, developing its own email platform and gradually shedding tech-based offerings to prioritise content quality and credibility. Its diverse portfolio of digital products contributes to a profitable ecosystem, enhancing its news content and facilitating the production of hundreds ..read more
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Survey: AI’s role with news media in 3-5 years
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by WAN-IFRA Staff
1M ago
Update 14 May 2024: The survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated. As part of a WAN-IFRA Report on global AI use cases, we are asking news executives to take a short survey to get a better perspective about how AI will impact their news organisations in the next few years. The responses from this 3-minute survey will be collected anonymously and presented (in aggregate) in our upcoming “AI in Action” report. Click below to take the survey in your preferred language. English French German Spanish Thanks so much for your insights and help. The post Survey: AI’s role with news m ..read more
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Indonesia’s IDN Media leveraging AI to offer greater value, user experience
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by WAN-IFRA External Contributor
1M ago
By Joon-Nie Lau Widjaja reminded the audience at WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Asia conference in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur in April that the two most important elements of a news product are the value it brings to users and the overall user experience. “AI should never be the sole product value,” said Widjaja, adding that AI should be used to help audiences find value in one’s product and be seamlessly integrated into the user experience. Describing one very successful AI integration initiative IDN Media had implemented in December 2023, Widjaja reported that this had resulted in a 12 ..read more
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