Artificial Intelligence is changing how newsrooms work. What will that mean for science journalists?

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) gets ever better and applied to all aspects of newsroom work, science journalism will change too. The nature of our daily work will change, and we should be prepared for this.

AI bots already write news, fact check, promote stories, and assist journalists. Will their advent mean science reporters will become redundant? Or will it upgrade how well we can work, making us into even better journalists? Should we fear losing jobs? Or should we embrace the promise of this new disruption in media?

Mico Tatalovic, Chairman of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and a board member of the Balkan Network of Science Journalists (BNSJ), discusses these issues in a new editorial published in the Journal of Science Communication here. Click on this link to download the PDF with the complete article.

The issue of AI’s potential role in the production of science news was recently discussed at the 4th Kavli Symposium on Science Journalism (KS4) in Austin, Texas (19-21 February). Full report to come soon.

The discussion on the influence of AI in the newsroom will continue at the UK Conference of Science Journalists that will be held in London on 16 October 2018. More news to come.