J+ Alumni Series 2024

This J+ Alumni speaker series — Fault Lines and Possibilities Around AI, Tech and Journalism — in partnership with Tech Policy Press, is exclusively for alumni and current students of J+ programs and features conversation with cutting-edge thinkers on all things AI, people who have a sophisticated understanding of the topics and some provocative perspectives and practical advice.

Join us and other J+ alums on the last Friday of the month for one hour of conversation with cutting-edge thinkers on all things AI, people who have a sophisticated understanding of the topics and some provocative perspectives and practical advice. 

5 tech and media trends to watch out for in 2024

Friday, February 23, 2024 from 12-1 p.m. ET

5 tech and media trends to watch out for in 2024, with Justin Hendrix, CEO of Tech Policy Press with intro by Nikita Roy, host of the podcast Newsroom Robots. Justin, the former executive director of the NYC Media Lab and a passionate watchdog of all things tech and media, will talk about the subjects that dominated 2023 and how they’ll develop in 2024: 

  • News media “bargaining code” bills
  • Lawsuits against OpenAI/other model developers
  • Media companies policies for the use of generative AI
  • How generative AI is affecting elections
  • Exciting or compelling use cases!

Justin Hendrix
Cofounder & CEO of Tech Policy Press

Justin Hendrix is cofounder and CEO of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MSc in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin. And he is an alum of EJCP!

Nikita Roy
Founder & CEO of The NRI Nation

Nikita Roy is a data scientist, journalist and media entrepreneur. She hosts the globally acclaimed Newsroom Robots podcast, which consistently charts among the top technology podcasts across 25 countries. She is the program lead of the AI Journalism Lab, a project of the Newmark J-School and Microsoft Journalism, and a current Knight Fellow at ICFJ. She is the President of the Canadian Association of Journalists – National Capital Region chapter and aims to foster the responsible and innovative use of AI in newsrooms and conducts workshops, offers consultancy, and develops AI products.

AI, personalization and “news DJs”

Friday, March 29, 2024 from 12-1 p.m. ET

AI, personalization and “news DJs” with Bassey Etim and Erica Greene from the online publication, Machines on Paper. AI threatens to precipitate the end of SEO and search. We explore what this will mean for journalism, news discovery and our relationship with our audiences. Will AI finally deliver the news personalization that the Internet promised? 

Bassey Etim and Erica Greene cover the impact of AI on the media industry on their blog, Machines on Paper. They’ve worked across the media and tech industry at companies including The New York Times, Etsy, Datadog and CNN. Bassey is a New York Times trained editor with a history of successful R&D products under his belt and also a Sci-fi fiction podcast called Karen 1%. Erica has a Master’s in computer science and is an engineering leader with a deep background in machine learning. Bassey handles the Paper, Erica runs the Machines.

To bargain with or to sue LLMs? That is the question…

Friday, April 26, 2024 from 12-1 p.m. ET

To bargain with or to sue LLMs? That is the question… with Danielle Coffey, JD and the president of the News Media Alliance and Jeff Jarvis, Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation at the Newmark J-School. The NYT is suing Open AI, the AP and Bloomberg are working on their own LLM, Europe is drafting regulations to not allow platforms to use publishers’ content for their algorithms. Meanwhile, others are striking deals with AI companies. Danielle and Jeff testified to Congress on this subject in January; today they’ll revisit the issue of IP and more, and talk about where we are at now.

Jeff Jarvis
Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism

Jeff Jarvis is the Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and the Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation at the Newmark J-School. He is a thought leader, speaker and author on media innovation and journalism, whose last book, The Gutenberg Parenthesis explores the lessons of early print and how they can illuminate the digital age. He was the president of Advance.net, the creator of Entertainment Weekly and an executive at various publications.

Danielle Coffey
President & CEO of the News/Media Alliance

Danielle Coffey is president & CEO of the News/Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 news and magazine media outlets worldwide, where she was previously executive vice president and general counsel, leading the organization’s advocacy and strategy. Prior to that, she was vice president and general counsel for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) where she led advocacy efforts for member companies on issues that affected the internet ecosystem, broadband deployment, content regulation and international trade. 

What’s in your AI toolkit for 2024?

Friday, May 31, 2024 from 12-1 p.m. ET

What’s in your AI toolkit for 2024? Explore the platforms and day-to-day tools you can use as journalists to produce journalism or fact check content with Jeremy Caplan, writer of the newsletter Wonder Tools and Nikita Roy, host of the podcast Newsroom Robots. This is  also a great opportunity for alums to share their favorite tools & how they use them. We’ll put a special focus on the elections and how AI tools can help us not lose our minds!

Jeremy Caplan
Director of Teaching and Learning at the Newmark J-School 

Jeremy Caplan is the director of teaching and learning at the Newmark J-School and the director of the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program (EJCP). Having directed the first global M.A/ and certificate programs in Entrepreneurial Journalism, Jeremy has supported hundreds of journalists around the world in developing their own niche journalism ventures over the past decade. He writes Wonder Tools, a newsletter highlighting the most useful digital resources that’s now syndicated through Fast Company.

Nikita Roy
Founder & CEO of The NRI Nation

Nikita Roy is a data scientist, journalist and media entrepreneur. She hosts the globally acclaimed Newsroom Robots podcast, which consistently charts among the top technology podcasts across 25 countries. She is the program lead of the AI Journalism Lab, a project of the Newmark J-School and Microsoft Journalism, and a current Knight Fellow at ICFJ. She is the President of the Canadian Association of Journalists – National Capital Region chapter and aims to foster the responsible and innovative use of AI in newsrooms and conducts workshops, offers consultancy, and develops AI products.