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Written by Kat Arney, Chief Creative Officer, and Sally Le Page, Head of Audio and Video. Last updated February 2024.

First Create The Media is a communications strategy and content agency specialising in the life sciences. We help pioneering companies and the organisations that support them bring world-changing ideas to life by grabbing the attention of the audiences that matter.

From email and spell checkers to video conferencing, project management, file sharing, audio/video editing, image creation and more, we use a wide range of digital technologies that enable us to function efficiently to deliver the high quality, value-added work our clients expect and deserve in a cost-effective way.

We’re excited by the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to augment our digital tools and allow us to do even more, particularly generative AIs that can create new things based on information they have been given. 

Led by our values of quality, understanding, integrity and respect, we aim to understand what these new tools can do and how they work, their limitations and risks, and how we can utilise them in a safe and ethical way. Here’s a rundown of how we currently use AI-enhanced tools at First Create The Media to support our work, and the principles we adhere to.


Generative AI writing tools based on large language models (LLMs), including Chat GPT and Gemini, have a number of functions such as generating, manipulating and summarising text, based on information they have previously been trained on or given. 

We have significant concerns around the accuracy of the text produced by these tools, particularly for scientific topics. Additionally, there is a lack of clarity about issues related to copyright assignment or infringement, and data confidentiality.

Therefore, we do not include AI-generated body copy in the original content we produce for our clients. And we will not put confidential client information into generative AI platforms unless we are sure that doing so is in line with our contractual obligations and legal arrangements with our clients, i.e. the platform’s Terms of Service explicitly state that information is kept confidential and cannot be used for any other purposes. 

However, we do use these tools for idea generation, in much the same way that we would bounce ideas around with colleagues. We use them to suggest points that might need to be covered in an article, such as common misconceptions about a topic, or ask for ideas for article or episode titles. We also use them to generate summaries of source material or as a starting point for researching a topic based on existing published information.


We use an online graphic design tool called Canva to create images for use by First Create The Media and our clients, including image editing and the creation of composite images. Canva’s Magic Studio functionality includes a number of AI tools for image manipulation, such as removing backgrounds or adjusting colours. 

We sometimes use Canva’s generative AI capabilities to extend an image (the reverse of cropping an image) – for example, when we need an image with a different aspect ratio. We will only do this where the generated content is of negligible significance, such as the edge of someone’s shoulder or a wider section of sky.

We have occasionally used Canva’s AI text-to-image generator to create images for use on social media to promote the Genetics Unzipped podcast. We will always clearly state where images have been wholly generated by AI.

Any images we upload into Canva are kept confidential and held securely. We do not grant permission for Canva to use or share these images for any other purpose.

Audio and video

Descript is audio and video editing software that uses AI to generate transcripts and allows us to perform audio and video editing as if it were a text editor.

We use Descript’s editing tools to make podcasts, videos and audiograms, and to transcribe recordings from meetings and workshops, either for internal or external use. Any transcripts we provide to our clients have been hand-checked by our staff for accuracy.

Descript has generative AI features that use LLMs to interpret the transcript of an interview, meeting or workshop. This is useful when we need a quick text summary to remind us who said what in a meeting, or when we want suggestions for relevant metadata and tags for a podcast episode. As with the outputs from other generative AI writing tools, we do not include purely AI-generated body copy in the original content we produce for our clients for publication.

We will occasionally (but rarely) use Descript to create AI-generated versions of First Create The Media team members’ voices to replace (overdub) small but important errors and mistakes where it is impractical to re-record, usually no more than a word or two.

We also use AI-generated voice-overs as placeholders while drafting AV projects at an early stage to help us calculate timings and make editorial decisions. We do not create AI-generated voices that are the likeness of any speakers without their consent.

Any of the audio/video data we upload into Descript is kept confidential and held securely. We do not grant permission for Descript to use or share any of this information for any other purpose, including using the data to train its AI algorithm.

We also use Adobe software (Audition, Premiere and After Effects) for detailed audio and video editing. Some of the longstanding tools within these programs use AI to enhance existing content, for example noise cancellation or image correction. Other tools use AI to perform tasks in a fraction of a second that would take our staff much longer to perform manually, such as changing the length of a piece of music while maintaining the rhythm, or rotoscoping a moving object in a video.

Other than the examples listed above, we do not use AI to generate original audio or video content for publication.

Data security and privacy

We treat the privacy and security of our clients’ confidential and personal information with the utmost seriousness. We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the programs we use to check that they are compliant with our privacy policy, contracts, and relevant legislation. You can see our privacy policy here.

To sum up

AI is a fast-moving field with new capabilities coming through at pace. Many of the programs and devices that we use throughout our daily lives now have some kind of AI component, so we cannot give a comprehensive accounting of where and how AI may touch upon our work at First Create The Media. This article is a summary of how we currently use AI at First Create The Media, and we will aim to update it regularly as things change.

Where we do use AI, we use it to assist our staff rather than replace them, and we will not use AI to mislead our clients or the public.

We will regularly monitor the tools we already use and keep an eye out for new ones, so that we are keeping confidential data secure and honouring our legal obligations while providing the best service for our clients.

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