It is reported that Zach Seward, the editorial director of artificial intelligence initiatives at Quartz, has been appointed by the New York Times Company.According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited Executive
Editor Joe Kahn and Deputy Managing Editor Sam Dolnick, co-founder Seward is entrusted with formulating guidelines for “how we do and do not use generative A.I.”
Seward has held positions as CEO, editor-in-chief, and chief product officer at Quartz. He was employed by The Wall Street Journal as well.
As part of his job, Seward will work with the leadership of the newsroom to develop policies regarding the use of AI.
Seward is anticipated to assemble a small team, test AI tools, develop concepts, and assist in creating journalist AI training courses.
According to the Wall Street Journal, journalists and news organisations are cautiously investigating the potential of AI tools to expedite the creation of news content, including automating publishing, drafting articles, and creating headlines.
Nonetheless, doubts about AI’s ability to significantly alter jobs in a variety of industries and worries about compromising journalistic standards continue to exist within the industry.
There are moral and practical issues with integrating AI in newsrooms. Large amounts of internet data are used by organisations like OpenAI, Microsoft Corp. MSFT, and Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG GOOGL Google to train AI models. This has news outlets worried about their content being used for free.