Xin Tao

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


School of Journalism and Mass Communications

First Advisor

Shannon A. Bowen


This thesis tested the degree of trustworthiness of disaster-related information generated by artificial intelligence among American people and Chinese people, and explored the causes of people's attitudes towards trust or distrust. The thesis used OpenAI's GPT-3 model to generate stories based on real disaster events by artificial intelligence, and tested the degree of trustworthiness in semi-structured interview. The study showed that it was promising to use AI technology to publicize disaster-related news to audience. To increase readers' trust in AI-generated disaster-related information, news organizations should maintain a high level of transparency about the identity of the AI author, use the AI system on early reporting of disaster events, and focus on the proper wording in emotionally impactful statements.


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