I guess we should probably include journalists among those soon to be replaced by robots…
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A recent study investigates how readers perceive computer-generated news articles.
The advent of new technologies has always spurred questions about changes in journalism – how it is produced and consumed. A recent development which has come to the fore in the digital world is software-generated content. A paper recently published in Journalism Practice investigates how readers perceive automatically produced news articles vs. articles which have been written by a journalist.
The study, undertaken by Christer Clerwall of Karlstad University in Sweden, was conducted by presenting readers with different articles written by either journalists or computers. The readers were then asked to answer questions about how they perceived each article – e.g. the overall quality, credibility, objectivity.
The results suggest that the journalist-authored content was observed to be coherent, well-written and pleasant to read.