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OpenAI Announces Pledges $5 Million to American Journalism Project

The American Journalism Project will utilize a portion of the funding to establish a three-person team responsible for “assessing the applications of AI within the local news sector.”

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OpenAI, the tech company supported by Microsoft and known for its AI chatbot ChatGPT, has joined the ranks of major tech giants seeking to engage with publishers.

In an announcement on Tuesday, OpenAI pledged to contribute $5 million to the venture philanthropy firm American Journalism Project (AJP) to explore effective applications of artificial intelligence in supporting local news.

As part of the two-year partnership, the American Journalism Project will utilize a portion of the funding to establish a three-person team responsible for “assessing the applications of AI within the local news sector.”

According to Neiman Lab, the AJP team plans to “organize a learning community across the AJP portfolio to document and share best practices, guidelines, and lessons as experiments unfold.” The rest of the funding will be directly allocated to approximately 10 of AJP’s current grantees to assist them in developing their own AI tools. OpenAI is further providing AJP with “up to $5 million in API credits,” encouraging both AJP and its grantees to engage in hands-on experimentation with the technology.

In light of the collaboration, OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, stated, “We proudly support the American Journalism Project’s mission to strengthen our democracy by rebuilding the country’s local news sector. This collaboration underscores our mission and belief that AI should benefit everyone and be used as a tool to enhance work.”

Notably, just last week, OpenAI struck a two-year licensing agreement with the Associated Press (AP), allowing the AP to use some of its journalism to train its algorithms. This marked the first news organization to partner with OpenAI. However, the specific financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed.

Some local news organizations have already embarked on their own AI experiments. However, concerns have arisen about ChatGPT’s limitations in distinguishing between true and false information, raising fears of potential misinformation at a larger scale.

Consequently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is presently investigating OpenAI in connection with ChatGPT’s potential harms. Companies like BuzzFeed, CNET, and G/O Media are already utilizing the technology to generate articles, and some apprehensions have emerged about its potential impact on traditional reporting roles.

“We think it’s essential that generative AI is used as a tool for journalists, not as a replacement,” said Sarabeth Berman, CEO of AJP.

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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