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The Pearl Post

The student news site of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Lake Balboa, CA

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The Pearl Post

The AI scoop in journalism

Some view artificial intelligence as a danger for journalism while others see it as a helpful tool.
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Satenik Ayrapetyan
Headlines and leads from news outlets report the effects of artificial intelligence in journalism.

AI technology has become more advanced since the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022. This language-based chatbot allows users to produce content with their desired length, format and style in a matter of minutes. 

The use of AI is nothing new but has recently seen an increase in popularity because of its widespread accessibility. In the field of journalism, concerns are being raised as to whether AI is a potential threat since this technology can filter through large amounts of data and replicate news content more efficiently. However, the technology is not completely there to take over the role of a journalist. AI often makes factual mistakes and lacks the human element of creativity and critical thinking. 

That said, AI technology can sort and condense large amounts of information, meaning journalists could use it as a research tool. Some major companies such as Microsoft and Google have marketed their AI programs toward journalists. 

“Google is testing a product that uses artificial intelligence technology to produce news stories, pitching it to news organizations including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal’s owner, News Corp, according to three people familiar with the matter,” according to a July 19 article in the New York Times

Some in the journalism community such as Francesco Marconi, a computational journalist and co-founder of the real-time information company AppliedXL, speculate that the relationship between journalists and AI will be one of collaboration. Francesco states that, “The limitations of large language models such as GPT signal where journalistic innovation should be focused on – towards the development of event detection systems that can capture and compute real-time information.” He believes that the media should work with AI technology to create a new approach toward journalism. 

According to an Aug. 1 article in New York Magazine, “An optimistic theory about tools like this is that they’ll simply make certain journalistic operations more productive, partially automating friction-filled processes, typing, transcription, maybe even puzzling over structure and freeing up resources to pursue, say, actual reporting.”

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Emma Rosenberg, Staff Writer
Emma Rosenberg is in her junior year of high school and first year as a staff writer for The Pearl Post. She enjoys spending time with family, listening to music and reading. While at school, she plans to be active in the school community and maintain good grades in all of her classes. 
Satenik Ayrapetyan, Managing Editor
Satenik Ayrapetyan is in her second year on staff, serving as the Managing Editor of The Pearl Post. She is in her junior year and serves as the National Honor Society’s Vice President and President of Pride Club. Additionally, she is also a member of the Los Angeles Times High School Insider Advisory Board. She is looking forward to a productive year on staff and hopes to be a good mentor to newcomers.
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