Interactive Technologies and the Future of Storytelling
Journalism Design is about the future of journalism. As technologies increasingly, and continually, reshape the way we interact with information, with each other and with our environment, journalists need new ways to tell stories.
Journalists often see technology as something that improves what they are doing or that makes it more convenient. However, the growing might of technology companies has put journalism and news organisations in a difficult position: readers and revenues have moved, and platforms exert increasing control over story design. Skye Doherty argues that, rather than adapting journalism to new technologies, journalists should be creating the technologies themselves and those technologies should be designed for core values such as the public interest. Drawing from theories and practices of interaction design, this book demonstrates how journalists can use their expertise to imagine new ways of doing journalism. The design and development of the NewsCube, a three-dimensional storytelling tool, is detailed, as well as how interaction design can be used to imagine new forms of journalism. The book concludes by calling for closer ties between researchers and working journalists and suggests that journalism has a hybrid future – in newsrooms, communities, design studios and tech companies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Proximate futures 3. Design, journalism and knowledge 4. Newscubed: Journalism design in practice 5. Reimagining journalism
Skye Doherty is a lecturer in Journalism at the University of Queensland’s School of Communication and Arts. Her research and teaching straddle journalism and interaction design.
'Journalism Design wrestles with fundamental questions of how journalism should respond to changing technology and human behaviour. It focuses on improving understanding of how users acquire and interact with news in the digital world and how news organisations can better design that experience. Classic journalism storytelling and presentation were dictated by the needs of the telegraph and typesetting equipment. Skye Docherty offers prototypes that reveal intriguing new approaches for improving contemporary value and fostering effective news delivery with digital technologies.'
Robert G. Picard, Professor, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK