Microsoft-backed OpenAI said on Tuesday that it will offer $5 million to the American Journalism Project (AJP) as part of a partnership to explore artificial intelligence’s potential to boost local news.
Additionally, the non-profit and associated organisations will receive up to $5 million in OpenAI credits as part of the agreement to utilise the technology made popular by ChatGPT.
The action is a part of OpenAI’s larger initiative to collaborate with media organisations. Last week, the firm reached an agreement with news organisation the Associated Press (AP) to research the application of generative AI in news and licence a portion of the AP’s database of stories.
The AJP financing will aid in building a studio where regional news organisations can test out OpenAI’s technology. Additionally, it will give funds to about ten of the organisations in its portfolio so they can test and pilot AI applications.
Sarabeth Berman, CEO of AJP, said, “With this alliance, we seek to encourage ways for AI to enrich, rather than harm journalism. In order to support the operations of regional nonprofit news organisations, AJP, a venture philanthropy, awards grants.
In order to address the local news crisis in the United States, it has so far gathered $139 million from regional and international donors and supported 41 nonprofit local news organisations around the nation.