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MLRC Forum 2019: The Possibilities and Perils of Journalism Tech: Automation, AI and Disinformation in the Newsroom

November 6, 2019, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
(Before the MLRC Annual Dinner)

Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Station

This year’s MLRC Forum will take a deep dive into technologies that have the potential to transform newsrooms. Machine-learning and artificial intelligence-powered tools now allow journalists to sift through massive documents in a matter of seconds, spot breaking news based on patterns in data, and even write news copy without human intervention. At the same time, journalists have become susceptible to decontextualized, digitally manipulated and otherwise deceptive audiovisual content. Our experts on technology in the newsroom will kick off the session with presentations on fascinating new tech that is making journalism more efficient and effective, as well as strategies for detecting “deepfakes” and other disinformation. We will then move to a discussion of the ethical and legal implications of new technology, and explore what media lawyers need to know in order to counsel clients that are relying on cutting-edge tech in their reporting.


Tiff Fehr, Assistant Editor and Lead Developer, Interactive News desk New York Times
Christine Glancey, Deputy Standards Editor, Wall Street Journal
John Keefe, Investigations Editor, Quartz
Ava Lubell, General Counsel, Quartz
Alexia Bedat, Associate, Klaris Law (Moderator)

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