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Links: Gaming and journalism – what can we learn?

The final session of news:rewired – beyond the story will look at how elements of computer, video and social gaming could be used by journalists and media organisations. We want to get you thinking about how gaming technologies, storytelling techniques and relationships between games and their players might be incorporated into journalism.

It might not be something you’ve thought about before, but there’s already some pretty interesting research and blog posts being written on the subject, which we’ve rounded up.

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Announcing the final session: Are we ready to play the journalism game?

In the final panel debate of’s news:rewired event in June, the nouveau niche, Philip Trippenbach, an interactive producer and games designer, declared to our delegates that “video games are the future of journalism”.

It’s important for us to realise that games are a medium just like text and pictures. As complex data sets become more and more available, the interactivity around it becomes more important – video games are a great way of doing that.

In this way, ‘games’ could provide an opportunity to do something different with data, something which really draws the reader into the news and involves them in the creation or impact of the story. It touches on many of the key terms in journalism today – interactivity, personalisation, engagement.

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