Journalism is about storytelling, right? It’s a narrative form, isn’t it? What about using non-narrative means to disseminate news around issues like climate change, the financial crisis or coalition politics. Our final session looked at the use of computer games in the future of journalism
It’s launch is undoubtedly part of the future of gaming – and we like to push the boundaries at news:rewired events, so we’re pleased to announce that delegates at our beyond the story event will have the opportunity to try out Microsoft’s latest release for the Xbox, Kinect
On Thursday 16 December news:rewired is running its next journalism event. During the day you will get to hear from industry leaders and those at the edges of innovation in all forms of news media and also have the opportunity to network with media representatives from a range of organisations. But that is not all.
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.
In the final panel debate of Journalism.co.uk’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.