A $395,000 grant will be given to Arthur L. Carter Media Institute at New York University by the Sam Altman-run OpenAI to support a new media ethics programme. The announcement is a part of a larger initiative by OpenAI to link itself with journalism, an effort that seeks to train its LLMs with accurate and ethical data.
The Journalism Venture Capital Fund of the Carter Journalism Institute, which provides seed money for faculty projects that tackle problems in journalism, democracy, freedom of expression, and allied fields, has also contributed $50,000 to the programme.
Stephen Adler, a former executive in charge of Reuters, will head the effort. According to Stephen Adler, the initiative will provide workshops and discussions on existing and emerging journalism ethics issues.
From its recent agreements with organizations like Associated Press (AP), one of the largest US news agencies, and the $5 million in funding it received from the National Science Foundation, OpenAI appears to be one step ahead of its rivals like Google in terms of gathering clean data. According to reports, the collaboration with AP will look into ways to build AI to promote local journalism,
OpenAI will also link up with the 41 news organizations that the American Journalism Project supports. According to Sarabeth Berman, CEO of AJP, the money will also help establish a new product studio within the company, which will assist regional news organizations as they test out OpenAI’s technologies.
OpenAI has been secretive about where it obtained the data it used to train its most recent GPT model, despite the fact that the startup has been trying to address the complexities of ethical journalism amid the generative AI revolution.
Recently, news regarding Google’s Genesis initiative, which aims to properly produce news content using true facts, was announced. The Times, The Washington Post, and News Corp. executives participated in this demo of the same. People had different opinions about it, as some said it seemed to take for granted the effort that went into producing accurate and artful news stories, while others compared the technology to a personal assistant.