The Journalism Design Process helps reimagine how journalism could be designed for social, mobile, or other emerging technologies.

It was designed for third-year journalism students studying the Journalism Design course at the University of Queensland. The course focuses on how communication technologies could be designed to accommodate journalistic values. The process steps students through stages of contextual research, developing ideas, prototyping and evaluating but emphasises the need to negotiate public and journalistic values alongside technical possibility.

The project is the result of research and teaching at the University of Queensland and was funded through the university’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation.

Design approach

Interviews, thematic analysis, workshops and prototypes were used to develop the process. Interviews with students and thematic analysis of their work informed a prototype that was evaluated with industry, teachers and former students during a design workshop.


The process is available under a Creative Commons licence. You can find additional resources at the JxD Project website.

Our paper on sketching explains how students engaged with the early part of the process.