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Hamza (14) explores journalism through IN/LAB internship

Hamza, an eight grader from Västerholms Friskola in Skärholmen (Stockholm), interned at IN/LAB for one week in February 2024 through F1RST. Below, you have the opportunity to get to know him a little bit better and read an interview that he conducted with Aftonbladet's deputy editorial director, Martin Schori.

Meet Hamza!

Age: 14

Favorite school subject: Social sciences, especially history.

Hobby: ”In my spare time I like to train boxing and go out with friends. I'm also a part of F1RST, a network of ambitious students from eighth grade all the way to university.” 

Favorite travel destination: Tunisia 

Reflections on IN/LAB internship: "I was an intern at IN/LAB for five days. During these five days I met a lot of people and I learned so many things. The people I met were very friendly and welcoming.

I also participated in meetings and did many other things that you typically do at an office. Something that really surprised me was how everyone in the office contributes to producing and managing news, and how every job is important.” 

Meet Martin Schori! Interview and text by Hamza, edited by IN/LAB

Martin is the present deputy editorial director at Aftonbladet. During his ten years at Aftonbladet he has held various positions, including news director, editor, head of foreign news, and investigative journalist. He grew up in Stockholm but has also lived in the USA for several years. could reach a

Martin's thoughts on AI in journalism

Martin holds many positive perspectives on how AI is going to impact journalism. Something that he talked about was how the news that journalists publish could reach a lot more people with the help of AI. Additionally, he mentioned that AI will enable news agencies to produce more news content using their existing staff.

But he also mentioned challenges with AI. Martin specifically referenced a particular AI technology called Typeframes, developed by the creators of ChatGPT. This AI enables users to generate videos by simply typing descriptions of the desired content. Martin sees this tool as problematic because it has the potential to be exploited for creating and sharing fake photos or videos of individuals, which could mislead people. He believes that such AI applications have no relevance in journalism.

Overall, Martin views AI as a valuable tool for journalism and believes that it can greatly benefit the industry.

Martin’s journey to becoming a manager

Throughout Martin's younger years he wanted to become a chef and worked a lot in the restaurant industry. He later changed his mind and decided that he wanted to pursue a career in journalism due to his passion for writing. He held various roles in journalism before the opportunity to become a manager arose. Martin is driven by a desire to influence his own work and that of his colleagues, which motivated him to accept the position. He also likes to meet and work with a variety of people. 

Initially, Martin believed that if he became a manager he would still primarily be involved with journalistic tasks with some additional administrative duties. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Now, as deputy editorial director, writing has become a smaller part of his responsibilities. In his current role, he carries the responsibility of overseeing other workers and assuming accountability for any errors that occur. Martin describes his job as fun but says that it comes with a lot of responsibilities. 

 news with the people they already have.

Martin's advice for anyone that wants to become a manager:

  • You must find it enjoyable to manage and work with people

  • You have to think it is fun to make decisions

  • Be interested in other people

  • It is good to be without prestige

  • You have to be able to trust your gut feeling

We are very pleased with Hamza’s efforts during the week and wish him all the best with his studies!


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