Is Generative AI Friend or Foe of Quality Journalism?

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INTERVIEW ON THE PRICE OF BUSINESS SHOW, MEDIA PARTNER OF THIS SITE.

Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed David Dozier who is a leading media authority.

Quality journalism requires skilled journalists and lots of money. The internet provides a vast array of tools for collecting information, editing it and distributing news to consumers. Generative Artificial Intelligence, or Gen-AI, is an emerging but poorly understood innovation. It can threaten and enhance quality journalism. Gen-AI consists of secret algorithms that take existing text, audio, video and other digital files as input to “train” a computer to produce “new” content. This “new” content is better described as content that “mimics” the creative works and intellectual property of humans. It’s not original or new. A key problem is that most of these AI training files are pirated from copyright holders. The input for gen-AI takes the creative works and intellectual property of humans—without permission or compensation. This is theft. Such theft is a problem for news management to solve. On the labor side, gen-AI could free up journalists from mundane, repetitive tasks to do more beat and investigative reporting, for example. When used right, gen-AI makes journalists more productive. But will management take this increased productivity to create higher-quality journalism? Or will news managers use gen-AI to reduce staff and news quality by demanding “more with less?” (DavidDozierBooks.com)

 

The Price of Business is one of the longest running shows of its kind in the country and is in markets coast to coast. The Host, Kevin Price, is a multi-award winning author, broadcast journalist, and syndicated columnist. He is Editor at Large for this site.  Learn more about the show and its digital partners at www.PriceofBusiness.com.

David Dozier (DavidDozierBooks.com) is the author of the novel, The California Killing Field. He is a professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University. He’s an internationally recognized expert on communication management and public relations.

According to USA Business Radio, “David Dozier is a scholar of public relations and communication management, professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University, and author of The California Killing Field. He says fake news has become a phenomenon, political campaigns use the tactic to influence voters, and that it’s perplexing that a conspiracy-based group such as QAnon has gained national attention.

Kevin Price and David Dozier are doing a multi-part series on this important topic that will be on many different platforms, as well as on radio. Keep an eye out for the series throughout the Price of Business Digital Network and USA Business Radio.

 

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