AI Journalism Lab

Embark on a journey of innovation! This 3-month hybrid, tuition-free and highly participatory program invites journalists to explore generative AI through theory and practice, and add meaningfully to the conversation.


The AI Journalism Lab is a new program developed by J+ at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, with support from Microsoft. 

The rise of generative artificial intelligence with ChatGPT, Firefly Adobe, Midjourney and other platforms is understandably of deep concern for the news and media industry, perhaps even an existential threat. But too often with technological disruptions that affect them, journalists find themselves mere spectators, reporting on and perhaps feeding the panic. 

The AI Journalism Lab is an effort to involve journalists in finding ways to navigate and harness generative AI in ethical ways that reinforce trust from communities and increase impact, even as the technology is in its infancy. In addition, we believe that journalists should have a direct understanding of AI through experimentation to be able to think strategically about its applications to their work.

In that spirit, the AI Journalism Lab will adopt a seminar and lab model, alternating classes between lectures by AI visionaries and hands-on sessions by seasoned practitioners, with many opportunities for meaningful conversations.

Classes and coaching sessions will be led by a diverse and experienced group of media and AI innovators who understand technology from a journalism perspective, including the Program Lead, Nikita Roy, host of the podcast Newsroom Robots, AI educator and current Knight Fellow at ICFJ. 

Finally, the cohort participants will be able to dig deeper into AI-related topics, with the help of a coach, produce and present a final project and contribute meaningfully to the conversation around generative AI and journalism.

Join us on Wednesday, February 28 from 11 a.m.-Noon ET to hear from Nikita Roy where we’ll share more information about the program and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. Register here for the info session.

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Participants in the AI Journalism Lab will:

  • Gain confidence in their ability to deploy AI tools in their work in an ethical & equitable way 
  • Sharpen their understanding of emerging technologies
  • Cultivate a big picture perspective of how artificial intelligence intersects with journalism ethics now and in the future
  • Lead discussions and strategies around AI in their newsrooms
  • Receive ongoing support in their learning journey and career development
  • Become part of the solution

How to Apply

Applications are now open until Tuesday, March 12 and will require the following:

    • A completed application
    • A resume
    • An idea of an AI challenge to be researched or experimented with during the program
    • Contact information for two references
    • Selected applicants will be interviewed by the admissions committee before final decision.


The program will run from April 26 to June 28, 2024, then we will take a break for the summer, and resume from September 27 to Oct 11, 2024. 



Exploring the landscape of artificial intelligence

Understanding the basics of generative AI and use cases in journalism

AI, product and engagement

Building an AI strategy

Legal and ethical considerations around AI

Reporting on generative AI


The art of prompt writing for journalists

Visual storytelling with AI

Data journalism in the AI era

Building AI-driven workflows for efficiency

Creating your personal AI toolkit


Line graph of the program timeline, which includes: a Virtual orientation on April 26; In-person kick-off at the Newmark J-School in New York on May 3-4;
Classes & Coaching from May 10 until June 28; Summer break and coaching from July until September; and Welcome back and final presentations from September 27 until Oct 11.

Support by

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Contact Us

Nikita Roy
Program Lead

Kyle Plantz, J+Kyle Plantz
Senior Program Manager of J+