Keni WuFollow


In recent years, fake news has been dominating real news on the Internet. It misleads the public, stirs up and intensifies social conflicts. Online news readers crave the truth than ever. However, it is difficult for them to identify fake news from massive information on the Internet. This paper seeks to help online news readers make more informed and confident judgments on fact-checking by building a transparent news platform. This platform collaborates with news publishers to provide evidence and publish news articles on the desktop software. It also includes a news website which creates an engaging and understandable experience for online news readers to track evidence, obtain detailed information, and make judgments on fact-checking. The conceptual project is based on user experience research. Competitive analysis and literature review are used to find the effective strategy. Content analysis on current fact-checking workflow, and interviews with different users were conducted to discovering the pain points and needs of users. Based on the research result, objectives for the news websites and the desktop software are established. To achieve the goal, information visualization is used to make the appropriate design. Then, usability testing on six online news readers, a journalist, and an editor was conducted to evaluate the project and its impact.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Journalism--Objectivity--Interactive multimedia--Design; Online journalism--Interactive multimedia--Design; User interfaces (Computer systems)--Design; Information visualization

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Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Adam Smith

Advisor/Committee Member

Hye-Jin Nae


RIT – Main Campus

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