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Reporting on artificial intelligence: a handbook for journalism educators
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2023 | 135 p.
Jaakkola, Maarit [editor]
Corporate author: 
© UNESCO 2023

Getting to grips with reporting on AI
The rise and control of artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting society as a whole. It follows that AI coverage must inform audiences about the implication of the technology itself, beyond journalism. For instance, reporting on the power dynamics in the changing relationship between companies, authorities, citizens and computer chips, and between data and algorithms. While many AI deployments serve public interest, journalists also need insight and expertise to alert about aspects like exclusions, unequal benefits, and violations of human rights. As part of its journalism education series, UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) has supported the World Journalism Education Council in commissioning this handbook. The aim is to inspire and empower so that journalism educators can help both journalism students and working journalists do justice to one of the major issues of our times.

The handbook covers:
- Understanding machine intelligence and identifying different types of AI
- Exploring AI’s potential, as well as its strengths and weaknesses
- Imagining diverse futures with AI by recognising pervasive popular narratives that inform public consciousness 
- Understanding journalism’s role in mediating and shaping AI discourse
- Finding ways of reporting about AI in a nuanced, realistic and accountable manner
- Making connections to existing genres of journalism, ranging from general news reporting to data journalism 

Strengthening journalism education is one of the key results sought by IPDC, a unique intergovernmental programme within the UN system that specializes in media development.

Resource Type: 
Curriculum, teaching-learning materials and guides
Media & information literacy / digital citizenship
Level of education: 
Artificial intelligence
journalist education