Designing a Newsgame Is an Act of Journalism

Par David Dufresne, 21 avril 2011 | 373 Lectures

As we’ve described before on the Idea Lab and wrote about extensively in our book Newsgames : Journalism at Play, videogames are valuable for journalism because they don’t just describe — they demonstrate. Written stories and filmed television segments tend to focus on the who, what, where, and when of a story. It’s easy for readers and viewers to identify with these questions that position an event in the world. These questions quickly satisfy the appetite for immediacy in the 24-hour news cycle. The how and why of these stories, on the other hand, can be pushed aside either temporarily or permanently. Reporting that merely makes citizens aware of an event doesn’t seem to merit answers to these inquiries.

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