Artificial Intelligence

Why journalism is broken and how data can help fix it

Wednesday, February 05, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm PDTiCal
CR# 689
This event is open to the public.
NL Seminar
Gabriel Kahn (USC Annenberg)

Abstract: Pizza gate, Russian trolls, deep fakes. We live in an information swamp and it sucks. At its core, the crisis in journalism is about a shifting economic model that has made it difficult for legitimate news organizations to survive. The consequences are dire. But harnessing data in the right ways can provide vital information to communities and can help news organizations do more with less. The future of a healthy news environment requires collaboration between news, data and computer science. Gabriel Kahn outlines the current problems and some potential solutions.

Bio: Gabriel Kahn has worked as a newspaper correspondent and editor for three decades, including 10 years at The Wall Street Journal, where he served as Los Angeles bureau chief, deputy Hong Kong bureau chief and deputy Southern Europe bureau chief, based in Rome. He has reported from more than a dozen countries on three continents. He joined USC Annenberg in the fall of 2010, where he jointly runs the Media, Economics and Entrepreneurship program. The goal of M{2e} is to bolster students’ understanding of economics and encourage innovation and experimentation with new ideas in communication and journalism. In addition to his teaching and reporting work, Kahn studies the economic models of the news industry and consults with startups and established news companies on strategy. In 2018, he launched Crosstown, which has pioneered a new approach to local news through data.

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