How can journalists adopt a human-centered design mindset when building AI-driven products, and what skills will the next generation of journalists need to succeed in an AI-powered newsroom?
Today we’re joined by Damon Kiesow, a digital media pioneer specializing in aligning community information needs and business strategies to support sustainable local journalism.
Damon shares his expertise as a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, author of the first textbook in News Product Management, and co-founder of the International News Product Alliance. He is also the co-founder of the summer pop-up newsroom, the Missouri Information Corps, and the creator of an audience and product-focused diversity internship program in partnership with the Institute of Nonprofit News.
Before joining Mizzou, Damon served as director of Product for McClatchy, where he created the company’s first Product Design and User Experience Research teams. Over at The Boston Globe, as a senior product manager, he helped guide the publication’s mobile strategy. In Nashua, New Hampshire, he served as the managing editor/online at The Telegraph, where he helped the Newsroom pursue a digital-first local news strategy — launching the newspaper’s first mobile app and video journalism efforts.
In this episode, we get Damon’s views on how newsrooms can approach AI, delve into the importance of a human-centered design mindset when incorporating AI into newsrooms, and discuss the essential skills journalism students must develop to succeed in this evolving landscape.
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