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OpenAI content boss: ‘Incumbent’ on us to help small publishers, not just the giants

OpenAI IP boss says it’s “incumbent” on them to make sure smaller publishers get the same potential benefits from ChatGPT as big ones.


OpenAI’s chief of intellectual property said at the recent WAN-IFRA World News Media Congress conference in Denmark that OpenAI should ensure smaller publishers get the same potential benefits from platforms like ChatGPT as large dominant names.

Tom Rubin said, it was very important that resources “don’t just go to large companies but that small, independent publications have the ability to learn and leverage the technology.” The company has announced a training partnership with WAN-IFRA and previously released funding for journalism projects.

However, Rubin was speaking on the same day that OpenAI announced “strategic content and product partnerships” with both The Atlantic and Vox Media, adding them to a list that includes other large publishers like News Corp, Dotdash Meredith, the Financial Times and Axel Springer. Safe to say, the Media Voices jury is still out on whether small publishers will actually get a look in.


“The way we raise the money at The Guardian is different than any place I’ve ever been”

“This is truly a jointly owned responsibility among the business side and editorial.”

Steve Sachs is managing director of The Guardian US and in this interview with Nieman Lab he speaks about the part the US plays in the publisher’s international reader-revenue strategy. Globally, readers account for more than a third of The Guardian’s revenue, with non-UK revenue accounting for about 35%. Reader revenue in the US is about 57% of the total with about 40% of US revenues coming from advertising. And all without a paywall.


What can generative AI actually do for ordinary journalists?

Sophia Smith Galer, Jody Doherty-Cove of Newsquest and Daniel Flatt of Flare Data show what the new buzzword can do for everyday news tasks

Practical examples of how generative AI can help journalists are in short supply, but here are three from’s Newsrewired conference. Newsquest has 14 AI-assisted reporters across 250 publications, using the technology to help with fact checking; Sophia Smith Galer has built her own AI chatbot, Sophina, to help with scripting vertical video; and Flare Data has created an AI model that detects trends in data to discover where the stories might be.


‘The first TikTok election’: are Sunak and Starmer’s digital campaigns winning over voters?

The Tories and Labour are forking out more than ever on social media ads, but going viral isn’t easy. We speak to influencers and strategists about the messages and memes

The UK’s 2024 campaign has already been called “the first TikTok election”. Both parties opened accounts on the short-form video platform a few days after Squishy Rishi took everyone by surprise with his rainy-day election announcement. Less than two weeks later, Labour had posted 54 videos to the Tories’ 14. The Guardian describes them as a mixture of meme battles, voter reactions and frontbenchers waving their hands earnestly while trying to explain policies in 30 seconds. God help us all!

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