Daily Guardian joins efforts to draft AI guidelines in PHL journalism

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Daily Guardian joins a pool of national and regional journalists who will tackle artificial intelligence (AI), accountability, and disinformation on September 26 and 27, 2023 in Manila.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development-Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID-RDMA) through its Bolstering Media and Information Human Rights in Southeast Asia program, the two-day workshop is organized by Internews, a non-profit organization that trains journalists and offers business expertise to media outlets become financially sustainable.

Daily Guardian reporter Rjay Castor will join fellow journalists in a workshop on algorithms, artificial intelligence, accountability, and disinformation.

The workshop aims to cover the following objectives:

  1. Equip participants with working and contextual knowledge of social media algorithms and artificial intelligence and how it figures in the information and media landscape;
  2. Discuss the potential of social media and AI-powered tools on improving efforts to counter disinformation, while also increasing awareness on current and foreseen issues around the topics of social media algorithms and artificial intelligence; and
  3. Kickstart discussions and drafting of an ethical framework on the use of AI for Philippine journalists and newsrooms.

On the second day of the workshop, a session facilitating the co-creation of a starting draft of an ethical framework/guideline on the use of artificial intelligence for Philippine journalists and newsrooms will be done, which participating newsrooms can use as a reference and build up on for their respective internal policies.

AI has taken Philippine journalism by storm, particularly when a TV network rolled out its AI-generated sports news readers.

The innovation has raised several concerns in journalism such as labor issues, susceptibility to AI-generated disinformation, accuracy, and credibility.

AI in journalism is not new as international media outlets such as Reuters and Associated Press have leveraged the technology in their operations subject to some ethical guidelines.