The Motive of the Conference was to initiate a discussion and a debate among academicians, students, journalists and innovators about the various uses of artificial intelligence in the field of journalism at the national level and to bring together all the stakeholders to configure the pros and cons of such technology. The audience was made up of faculties from various colleges such as N. M College, S. M. Shetty College, S.K. Rai College, SIWS College, SVKM Usha Pravin Gandhi College, Nagindas Khandwala, D.K. Marathe College, S.K. Somaiya College, Lala Lajpat Rai College, Mumbai University as well as students. Senior students from DGMC (MACJ and TYBMM) also attended the national conference.
Chief Guest Ms. Meenal Baghel, Assistant Executive Editor, Bennett & Coleman Company Limited, and Editor-in-Chief of the popular tabloid, Mumbai Mirror, explained how news agencies all over the world were using AI to accomplish various tedious tasks in a short amount of time.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Shine K. George, former journalist, AI innovator and Associate Professor of Computer Applications at the Union Christian College, Alwaye, Kochi in Kerala. Dr. George provided a general view of the numerous news digital tools which help journalists to collect. He also provided examples of how various news wires and international news agencies optimised the utilisation of AI to make news reports in his detailed presentation titled ‘AI: Enabled Journalism’.
After the end of discussion, three participants shared their views on the conference. Faculties from other colleges acknowledged the contribution of the discourse and considered incorporating the subject of AI to their courses in communication.