For this Leibniz Media Lecture we welcome Dr. T.J. Thomson
, RMIT University, Melbourne. He will talk about challenges and opportunities in the context of using generative visual AI in journalistic newsrooms.
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen
. The event will be held in English.
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (CEST)
The event will take place online via Zoom. After registration
, you will receive an email with the dial-in details shortly before the event will start.
About the Presentation
AI services that provide responses to prompts, such as ChatGPT, have ignited passionate discussions over the future of learning, work, and creativity. AI-enabled text-to-image generators, such as Midjourney, pose profound questions about the purpose, meaning, and value of images yet have received considerably less research attention, despite the implications they raise for both the production and consumption of images. This presentation explores emerging research that identifies how news editors or equivalent perceive generative visual AI and outlines the challenges and opportunities they see for the technology in relation to their newsrooms. It also identifies the extent to which select newsrooms in the U.S.A., Australia, and Germany have policies governing how generative visual AI is used or, if not, the principles that would inform the development of such policies.
About Our Guest
Dr. T.J. Thomson is a senior lecturer at RMIT and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow. His research is united by its focus on visual communication. A majority of T.J.'s research centres on the visual aspects of news and journalism and on the concerns and processes relevant to those who make, edit, and present visual news. He has broader interests in digital media, journalism studies, and visual culture and often focuses on under-represented identities, attributes, and environments in his research. T.J. is committed to not only studying visual communication phenomena but also working to increase the visibility, innovation, and quality of how research findings are presented, accessed, and understood.