Illustrating stories

Published on Saturday 18 November 2023

I’m old enough to remember when downloading a photo from the internet to accompany an article was a big innovation. That was while working on a student union newspaper in the mid-1990s. I think it was an article about the Edinburgh University Sailing Club and we didn’t have any stock photos of boats – and Alan said “you know, we could get a photo from the internet”.

And now, here we are, in a world where – when Andre 3000 releases a flute-based instrumental track all about the time he turned into a panther (after consuming Ayahuasca) – Sam can open up a generative AI tool and generate a magnificent original image to illustrate the story.

And here is the article.