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  • AI Interrogator: AI's Impact on Journalism with Columbia Professor Emily Bell

    January 15, 2024


  • Some newsrooms are using generative technologies for automatically generating content. From automated story writing to algorithmic content creation, these technologies have already left their mark on journalism, raising questions about the authenticity and transparency of AI-generated content.
  • The conversation touches on the worrisome aspects of algorithmic curation, particularly on social media platforms. These algorithms are shaping user experiences and have a potentially negative impact on journalism. As platforms prioritize other content over news stories, newsrooms face challenges in maintaining visibility, leading to a shift in the landscape of news distribution and audience engagement.

About Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Emily Bell is founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and a leading thinker, commentator, and strategist on digital journalism.

Established in 2010, the Tow Center has rapidly built an international reputation for research into the intersection of technology and journalism. The majority of Bell’s career was spent at Guardian News and Media in London working as an award-winning writer and editor both in print and online. As editor-in-chief across Guardian websites and director of digital content for Guardian News and Media, Bell led the web team in pioneering live blogging, multimedia formats, data, and social media, making the Guardian a recognized pioneer in the field.

She is co-author of “Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present” (2012) with CW Anderson and Clay Shirky. Bell is a trustee on the board of the Scott Trust, the owners of The Guardian, a member of Columbia Journalism Review’s board of overseers, an adviser to Tamedia Group in Switzerland, has served as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on social media, and has served as a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board.

She delivered the Reuters Memorial Lecture in 2014, the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture in 2015, and was the 2016 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media at the University of Cambridge.

She lives in New York City with her husband and children.