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NCTJ launches e-learning course designed to “demystify” AI

Laura Adams 2022The NCTJ is launching a new e-learning course which aims to “demystify” artificial intelligence and provide guidance on how it can help journalists.

The course, entitled A Journalist’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence, is designed to help journalists “increase their AI literacy” and learn new skills as well as develop greater understanding of how AI may impact on their roles.

Those who sign-up will also see how AI is being used in the industry, with case studies and interviews from senior editorial leaders who are currently testing AI practices in their newsrooms.

The training resource, delivered through the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy, includes sections on AI technology, data and research, misinformation and verification, and how the use of AI tools sits alongside core journalism skills.

Head of the academy Laura Adams said: “We are delighted to be launching our AI training with this e-learning course, which will support journalists as its use increases across the industry.

“This will be an essential resource for all journalists – including freelance journalists – and as this is an e-learning course, users can learn at their own pace and in their own time.”

The course will be available on the JSA’s e-learning platform at an introductory price of £45 + VAT.

The NCTJ is due to host a half-day conference on Artificial Intelligence in Journalism at Thomson Reuters on Tuesday, 12 December, at which industry leaders and experts will discuss the opportunities AI represents to journalists in the newsroom.