Research

Kate Starbird

Spring 2019

HCI, Journalism & Misinformation: Understanding how journalists process, analyze and make sense of data

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.

The goals of this DRG are to better understanding what challenges journalists face when using data, what tools have been developed to combat those challenges, and how those tools can be improved upon. We will be examining current practices, conducting interviews, and analyzing the data to formulate the needs of the journalists and designs that could help reach their goals

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 meet on Tuesday afternoons. The group will be facilitated by PhD students Melinda McClure Haughey and Spencer Williams with guidance from Dr. Kate Starbird. 

Note: this research group is at capacity for Spring 2019

 


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