Research

Kate Starbird

Autumn 2019

HCI, Journalism & Misinformation: Analyzing Findings and Designing Solutions for the Future

Note: this DRG is at capacity for Autumn 2019

In today’s online environment, journalists deal with an evolving landscape of information available through new and social medias, requiring them to process, analyze and visualize large amounts of data. Journalists also need to deal with the presence of media manipulation, the artificial amplification of certain issues in order to get journalists to cover them. In order to help combat these issues, HCI can help study journalists’ work and provide tools and techniques to better enable them to work in this type of environment.

Building on the progress of the Spring 2019 quarter, we will start by qualitatively analyzing findings from interviews with journalists and ideate on collaborations or tools that could be most impactful for those trying to understand online activity. We will follow a human-centered design process to ensure that our solutions meet the core needs of our users. We will spend the second half of the quarter designing and planning a second phase of research to enhance our findings.

We are looking for motivated students who are interested in journalism, and addressing the problems of misinformation and disinformation online. 

This will be a 2-credit hour course for HCDE 496 / 596. The group will likely meet on Tuesday afternoons. The group will be facilitated by PhD student Melinda McClure Haughey. 


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