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Where does journalism belong in an AI-powered news ecosystem?

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14.12.2020

Jarno M. Koponen is head of AI & personalisation at Yle News Lab where he builds teams and products that combine journalistic content, artificial intelligence and product design.

Think what would happen to the news industry if Google, Twitter and Facebook just vanished.

Billions of people use these tech giants and their AI-powered services as a source of information for their everyday lives in the form of news feeds and search engine results.

The truth is, only the elites can choose to quit mainstream tech platforms for good because they can afford to. As for the rest of our audiences, the media relies on these platforms to reach them.

This is far removed from days of old: the media was once the staple source of local, national and international information for most people in a pre-internet time.

Much has been written about the media’s historic role as the gatekeeper of publicly valuable information. With that territory, journalists and newsrooms have long been deciding what are the events worth reporting, stories worth telling, and the voices worth hearing.

Now, that era is........

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