AP Releases Guidelines for AI Usage in Journalism

The Associated Press has issued guidelines advising against using AI for content or image generation, but encouraging staff familiarization with AI technology. The guidelines emphasize AI’s role in improving journalists’ reporting capabilities, not replacing them.

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The Associated Press has released guidelines regarding AI, stating that it should not be employed to generate content or images for publication. However, it encourages AP staff members to familiarize themselves with AI technology. These guidelines were issued shortly after the AP partnered with OpenAI, allowing ChatGPT access to the AP’s extensive archives for training purposes. The main focus of the guidelines is to emphasize that AI is not meant to replace journalists but rather to enhance their reporting capabilities.

AP journalists are encouraged to become familiar with AI but cannot use AI-generated content in their articles. The AP is careful when using AI to combat misinformation and is committed to preserving the authenticity of its visuals. The Poynter Institute stresses the importance of establishing standards for AI in journalism. The AP has been testing simpler forms of AI for ten years, but as AI advances, they recognize the need for clarification in their guidelines. Websites like CNET received criticism for using AI without informing their readers, and some AI-generated articles have contained inaccuracies. The AP cautions against the potential for AI-generated content to spread misinformation, and journalists should exercise caution. The AP plans to establish an AI committee to regularly update their guidelines. Their approach focuses on transparency and upholding journalistic integrity.