Deepfakes: How Tomorrow's Reporters See Tomorrow's Challenges to Truth

Oct 1, 2020

Andrea Betancourt, L, and Shelby Beckler have spent much of the past four years working out how to say what needs saying in this lab at the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism & Mass Communications.
Credit Michaela J. Baker / University of South Carolina

Deepfake technology is getting better and better. And things are moving so fast, journalism is going to require some young blood to keep up with it.

Andrea Betancourt and Shelby Beckler are senior journalism students at the University of South Carolina. They share some surprisingly seasoned perspectives on this dangerous, emerging technology, the opportunity for journalists to step up, and the weight of public trust.

Click below to hear the story, which is part of a series on a USC/Rochester Institute of Technology project to develop an AI-driven deepfake detection software for journalists.

Click here for the story on the DeFake project.

Click here to read my own experience playing a game full of consequences that attempts to show the world how a reporter torments himself to get the information right.

Scott Morgan is the Upstate Multimedia Reporter for South Carolina Public Radio. Follow Scott on Twitter, @ByScottMorgan.

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