Apply for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) AI Academy for Small Newsrooms

Application Deadline: August 1st, 2021.

A 6-week programme to help small newsrooms leverage the power of artificial intelligence.

This FREE online programme offers a deep-dive into the potential of artificial intelligence to journalists and media professionals from small newsrooms. It is designed by the JournalismAI team at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and powered by the Google News Initiative.

The Academy is a 6-week online programme that starts in September 2021 and, in its first pilot edition, it is designed for 20 participants from small news organisations (fewer than 50 employees) in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

In line with JournalismAI’s mission to inform media organisations about the potential offered by AI-powered technologies and to foster debate about the ethical, editorial, and social impact of AI on journalism, the Academy aims to support small newsrooms that want to learn how AI can be used to support their journalism.

The programme combines a series of masterclasses given by experts working at the intersection of journalism and artificial intelligence with opportunities for discussion among participants. In addition to that, participants will be guided through the development of shared resources that can support their organisations’ AI-adoption journey during and after the programme.


The Academy is designed for journalists and media professionals working in small newsrooms (fewer than 50 employees), based in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa – GMT 0 to +4), and who are fluent in English. 

The ideal candidate already has a basic understanding of the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and works in a news organisation that has started exploring how to use these new technologies. Candidates with different newsroom titles will be considered but, in the selection process, priority will be given to candidates that demonstrate the ability to influence the strategic adoption of AI in their news organisation to tackle journalistic challenges. 

No coding skills are required to attend the Academy, nor are there any other technical requirements, other than a stable WiFi connection to participate in the live activities. We encourage journalists and media professionals from all backgrounds to apply.

Dates and Modules  

The Academy will take place between September and October 2021. The programme will last six weeks, with each week having a different focus:

   ▪︎ Module #1 (16-17 Sept) → Key Concepts and Definitions

   ▪︎ Module #2 (23-24 Sept) → Applications of AI in Journalism 

   ▪︎ Module #3 (30 Sept – 1 Oct) → Data & Technology

   ▪︎ Module #4 (7-8 Oct) → People & Culture 

   ▪︎ Module #5 (14-15 Oct) → Risks & Concerns 

   ▪︎ Module #6 (21-22 Oct) → From Ideation to Implementation

How to Apply

  • Applications opened on July 6th, 2021 and should be submitted, in English, via this link.
  • The deadline to submit your application is at 11:59pm GMT on August 1st, 2021.
  • Participants will be informed of the results of the selection process by August 16th.
  • If you have any questions, send us an email at [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the LSE AI Academy for Small Newsrooms

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