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Journalist becomes regional publisher’s first AI-powered reporter

Erin GaskellA journalist has been appointed to the newly-created role of AI-powered reporter at a regional publisher.

Erin Gaskell has taken up the post with Newsquest, where she had been given a specific remit to expand the use of AI technology – including using it to create local content.

When the role was created, Newsquest insisted the increased use of AI will bring “significant benefits” for journalists and not be used to replace them.

The project to integrate AI into Newsquest newsrooms is being led by Jody Doherty-Cove, pictured, the company’s special projects editor who Erin will report to.

Erin, pictured, began her career as an apprentice with Newsquest’s South Cumbria daily The Mail in 2019. She has also worked for its sister title the Westmorland Gazette.

Erin told HTFP: “I’m looking forward to applying the skills I’ve built during my time reporting at The Mail to this exciting new AI-powered role.

“I’ll be adding a crucial layer of oversight and ensuring that humans have the last word when it comes to AI.”

At the time Erin’s role was created, Jody said: “The journey to incorporate AI into our newsroom began almost a year ago, and we’ve already seen significant benefits for our journalists since the beginning of this year.

“A considerable amount of work has been devoted to ensuring that AI serves as a valuable asset to our team, including the introduction of a ground-breaking AI-powered reporter role working alongside Newsquest’s talented team of journalists.

“The AI-powered reporter will play a crucial role in maximising the efficiency and impact of the company’s reporting, while ensuring the highest standards of journalistic integrity.”