In the last newsletter for 2023, global editors shared their biggest newsroom challenges and outlook for 2024. Three core issues emerged: accelerated advances in AI and its impact on newsrooms, economic sustainability, and shifting global politics.
Kevin Dubouis, Director of Content Strategy at The Wall Street Journal, highlighted “changes in the world” as a core focal point for the year ahead, with about 40% of the world’s population and 42% of its GDP having the chance to elect new leaders in 2024.
AI was a particularly disruptive force, with Joe Ageyo, Editor-in-Chief at Kenya’s Nation Media Group, noting the potential benefits and perils of AI. Maria Jesus Espinosa de los Monteros, Directora General de Audio at Prisa Media (Spain), also predicted a strong focus on AI due to the transformation of the industry.
Megan Clement, Editor in Chief of Impact newsletter for Gloria Media in France, mentioned the declining impact of social media and the importance of examining the impact of AI on gender equality reporting.
Financial sustainability was a pressing challenge for many newsrooms, with different strategies being pursued by media organizations.
Elections, disinformation, ethnic clashes, and migration issues were also cited as significant challenges for newsrooms, with a focus on debunking misinformation and adapting to potential changes in regulatory spaces.
The outlook for the future is positive, with a focus on inclusive, gender-sensitive journalism and adapting to the changing landscape.