American Journalism Project and OpenAI Partner to Support Local News with AI
The American Journalism Project (AJP) has announced a new partnership with OpenAI, a leading AI research and deployment company, to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can benefit the local news industry. OpenAI is providing $5 million to support AJP’s work and up to $5 million in API credits to help grantee organizations integrate AI technologies into their operations.
Why AI Matters for Local News
AI offers significant opportunities for journalism organizations. It can enable deeper analysis of public data, enhance user experiences, and create new information formats. However, it also presents challenges like the spread of misinformation, bias, privacy concerns, and copyright issues.
AJP’s Efforts in AI Integration
AJP aims to build a support structure for community-driven local news organizations to leverage AI’s potential. The partnership will help counter misinformation and strengthen local news ecosystems.
Three Key Areas of Collaboration
- Technology and AI Studio: AJP will create a team to assess the application of AI in the local news sector. The studio will provide coaching, collaboration opportunities, and share best practices with external partners.
- Pilot Investments: AJP will distribute grants to its portfolio organizations to explore AI applications. These organizations will serve as examples for the local news field.
- API Credits: OpenAI will contribute up to $5 million in API credits, allowing AJP and its portfolio organizations to build and utilize AI-powered tools.
AJP’s Impact on Local News
American Journalism Project is a leading venture philanthropy addressing the local news crisis. It has raised $139 million from funders and supported 41 nonprofit local news organizations nationwide. AJP recognizes the importance of incorporating new technology to enhance journalism and promote a healthy democracy.
Founded in 2015, OpenAI is dedicated to ensuring AI benefits everyone. The company is governed by a nonprofit and remains committed to its original charter.