The NewsCubed project was a journalistic experiment and led to the idea of Journalism Design. It was initially my PhD research project but later evolved into a teaching initiative and a short-lived startup.
The motivation for the project was journalism innovation and the belief that the media industry needs a new approach if it is going to tackle the computational challenges that are coming. The NewsCube was an experiment in designing for new forms of interaction.
The NewsCube was essentially a storytelling tool that could be used to tell complex stories from multiple perspectives. It was a three-dimensional virtual container that allowed users to create and curate content in themes or categories and present them on the sides of a cube. Each side can accommodate up to nine items and readers interact with the NewsCube by spinning it around using their finger or a mouse.
The NewsCube was created using an interaction design methodology, evolved through three major iterations and was evaluated by industry participants.
The process of designing a piece of journalistic technology informed the design of the Journalism Design course at UQ. This course encourages students to imagine the future of journalism by designing and prototyping a concept for journalistic tech.
In 2014 the project won an inaugural Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism. This led to the development of the NewsCube beta and release of open source code.
Follow the links below to find out more about the NewsCube and the other projects it has informed.