Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan on The Washington Post’s Next Steps in AI Innovation

Announcement from Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan on The Post’s next steps in AI innovation:

Dear Washington Post colleagues,

As I mentioned at the last Townhall, and many of us have discussed since then, AI presents a significant opportunity to support the work of our journalists and enable us to better serve our readers.

Although it has increased in discussion recently, for several years, our AI/Machine Learning teams have been exploring ways to incorporate AI into our operations. This has included the ForYou recommendation system, comment moderation models, Heliograph, subscription propensity models, and churn models. The recent Washington Post AI hackathon also generated many exciting ideas with active participation from engineering, product, analytics, and newsroom teams.

We are excited to announce another important step to harness the power of generative AI at The Post. To navigate the opportunities ahead, we are establishing two cross-functional teams to drive innovation with this exciting technology — the AI Taskforce and the AI Hub.