Play the News: Report Launch
Tow Fellow Max Foxman has delved into the news companies who play the most with news. It’s an adventurous time. From ProPublica to BuzzFeed and MTV, designers, journalists and creative technologists are redefining the user experience of journalism, combining delight and play with the traditional product. Foxman’s new report examines all this experimentation and draws out the lessons for journalists and news room leaders.
In December 2013, Josh Katz, a graphics editor at the New York Times used a database of regional pronunciations, based a quiz on the content, and built a tool to predict the reader’s home state. The game became the Times‘ most popular page for 2013 – despite being publicized only ten days before the end of the year.
But games in combination with news doesn’t stop with stand-alone applications; twitter, with its counting of RTs and followers, encourages competition. And product designers are using play to figure out new features.
To launch this new report, Foxman will be joined by Sisi Wei, the ProPublica news apps developer, BuzzFeed’s games designer Nicole Leffel and Heather Chaplin, the director of journalism of design at The New School, and the author of the book, Smartbomb: The Quest for Art Entertainment and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution.