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How journalists can leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbots like ChatGPT

By Winnie Onyando November 12th, 2023 2 min read

There have been discussions on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbots like ChatGPT will be a threat to different professions including journalism.

The use of AI in the field of journalism is a topic of discussion in today’s news landscape

Many journalists feel that AI chatbots such as ChatGPT which can generate content will replace them.

However, upon closer examination, it is clear that AI-generated content lacks the realism and authenticity that comes from a human writer.

In some cases, AI-generated content even includes made-up names and falsely references events or individuals that do not exist.

While AI-generated articles may not be the future of journalism, there are still valuable opportunities to make use of AI technology in the industry.

Belo are ways journalists can use AI to enhance their reporting skills:

Article summary

AI can generate summaries that provide readers with an overview of the main points in an article. It is also good to note that AI can create summaries that are tailored to different audiences, using unique styles hence saving you time.

Draft professional questions for your interview

Are you struggling to draft questions to ask during an interview? Well AI Chatbots are here for you.

By using AI Chatbots like ChatGPT, you can come up with professional questions that will draw emotions and make your story worth listening to or reading.

You don’t have to scratch your head and think so hard, just use AI.

Enrich your story

As a journalist, sometimes you might have a story idea but you are not sure how to make it better. Well, you can ‘contact’ AI chatbot and you have a good story idea in the palm of your hand.

AI Fact-checking

Fact-checking can be very time-consuming and expensive. With the proliferation of online misinformation and fake news, readers increasingly value accuracy in their news sources. AI algorithms can rapidly cross-check data and validate information from different sources, making spotting potential inaccuracies or lies easier.


Large corporations such as Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI are interested in the archives of media organizations to use such data to train their Large Language Models. While allowing access to their archives may be of benefit to media organizations, many are having issues with allowing free access to their archives.

However, with the evolving technology, you can get information freely and fast.

As a journalist, you can learn so much from AI.

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