Archives for category: Chapter 9: Interactivity

A recent talk by Newsgames author Bobby Schweizer has stimulated some more discussion on both the role of games in journalism, and best practice.

The need to avoid ‘tabloidisation’ is discussed in this post on OJB.

A roundup of Schweizer’s points can be found here, including “eight different uses of newsgames. They can be used to:

  1. Editorialize;
  2. Raise awareness about specific events and what happened;
  3. Simulate dynamics;
  4. Model issues;
  5. Recreate events;
  6. Teach;
  7. Portray experiences;
  8. Turn stories into systems.

And 10 examples of games used to tell news stories can be found here.


When I wrote the Online Journalism Handbook I omitted to include a section on timelines. In the spirit of ‘do what you do best and link to the rest’ I thought I would suggest checking out Mindy McAdams’s post, which provides an excellent overview of the form.

Mindy mentions a couple of tools at the end, but for a longer list see my Delicious bookmarks for timelines+tools.