Readers’ Response to Computer-Generated News Stories

I have read a lot about computer-generated news stories, but I had not yet seen any research about what readers thought of it. “Readers like to read texts generated by computers, especially when they are unaware that what they are reading was assembled on the basis of an algorithm. This, at any rate, is the conclusion suggested by the results of an experiment recently conducted by LMU media researchers. In the study, 986 subjects were asked to read and evaluate online news stories. Articles which the participants believed to have been written by journalists were consistently given higher marks for readability, credibility and journalistic expertise than those that were flagged as computer-generated – even in cases where the real ‘author’ was in fact a computer.”