A1 Journal article (refereed)
A Pilot Study on Developing Newsgames in Collaboration between Journalism and Computer Science Students (2019)

Siitonen, M., Uotila, P., Uskali, T., Varsaluoma, J., & Välisalo, T. (2019). A Pilot Study on Developing Newsgames in Collaboration between Journalism and Computer Science Students. Nordicom Review, 40(2), 143-155. https://doi.org/10.2478/nor-2019-0038

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All authors or editorsSiitonen, Marko; Uotila, Panu; Uskali, Turo; Varsaluoma, Jukka; Välisalo, Tanja

Journal or seriesNordicom Review



Publication year2019


Issue number2

Pages range143-155

PublisherNordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research

Publication countrySweden

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67039


Producing digital and interactive journalistic products offers unique and important new learning opportunities for journalism education. This study analysed the experiences of two pilot courses on so-called ‘newsgames’ in a Finnish university in 2015 and 2017. The data consisted of the newsgames and other materials produced by the students, student feedback concerning the course and observations of teachers throughout the project. Our analysis demonstrates how producing newsgames in the context of higher education may foster project-based learning experiences, something that has been relatively rare in traditional journalism education. Collaboration with media companies also offered valuable feedback for the students throughout the course and provided them with an opportunity to practice selling their expertise. The study highlights how interdisciplinary and project-based cooperation may benefit journalism education.

Keywordsjournalism studiesdigital gamesserious gamesgame designproject learningmultidisciplinary research

Free keywordsjournalism education; journalism practice; newsgames; project-based learning; multidisciplinary

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Reporting Year2019

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