A1 Journal article (refereed)
Playful approaches to news engagement (2020)

Ferrer-Conill, R., Foxman, M., Jones, J., Sihvonen, T., & Siitonen, M. (2020). Playful approaches to news engagement. Convergence : The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 26(3), 457-469. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856520923964

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Ferrer-Conill, Raul; Foxman, Maxwell; Jones, Janet; Sihvonen, Tanja; Siitonen, Marko

Journal or series: Convergence : The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies

ISSN: 1354-8565

eISSN: 1748-7382

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 26

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 457-469

Publisher: Sage Publications

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856520923964

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/69059


From crossword puzzles and quizzes to more complex gamification strategies and serious newsgames, legacy media has long explored ways to deploy playful approaches to deliver their content and engage with the audience. We examine how news and games fit together when news organizations, game creators and news audiences welcome gameful forms of communication and participation. Moreover, we reflect on the theoretical and empirical significance of merging news with games as a way to reformulate normative assumptions, production practices and consumption patterns. As a result, the boundaries between journalism and game’s logics start to erode, and they begin to find new ways of converging.

Keywords: journalism; news; gamification; games; committing oneself

Free keywords: engagement; games; gamification; institutional logics; journalism; ludic; news; newsgames; playful

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 1

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