Physical Journalism

As computers move out of desktops and into the built environment and everyday objects, there is an opportunity to change the shape of news. The Exploring Physical Journalism project aims to understand the possibilities.

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Journalism Design Process

The JxD project created a process for teaching design to journalism students. The process encourages students to imagine new ways of doing journalism by exploring how news or other aspects of practice might be redesigned for social, mobile, or other emerging technologies.

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The NewsCube

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.

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Doherty, S. (2018). Journalism Design: interactive technologies and the future of storytelling. Routledge.

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Peer reviewed articles

Doherty, S. & Worthy, P. (2017). Exploring journalistic values through design: a student perspective. In Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzChi ’17). ACM: New York.

Doherty, S. (2016). NewsCubed: Journalism Through Design. Journalism Practice, 10(5), 569—588.

Angus, D., & Doherty, S. (2015). Journalism meets interaction design: an interdisciplinary undergraduate teaching initiative. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 70(1), 44—57.

Doherty, S. (2014). Hypertext and journalism: paths for future research. Digital Journalism, 2(2), 124—139.

Doherty, S. (2012). Will the geeks inherit the newsroom? Reflections on why journalists should learn computer science. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 8(2), 111—121.

Design artefacts

Doherty, S., Epifani, A., Lloyd, D., Harrison, John., & Viller, S. (2015). NewsCube. Brisbane, Australia: NewsCubed Pty Ltd.

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Doherty, S. (2015). NewsCube: Report on Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism. Delivered to the Walkley Foundation. NewsCubed, May 25.

Doherty, S. (2013). Hypertext and news stories (ITEE Technical Report No. 2013-03, University of Queensland).

Doherty, S. (2011). Playing with the facts. The Walkley Magazine, 68, 40.


Doherty, S. (2017) Journalism Design: The NewsCube, Interactive Technologies and Practice. (PhD Thesis, University of Queensland, Australia).

Presentations & talks


Doherty, S. (2017, September). JxD: lessons from interdisciplinary teaching. Poster and presentation at Bachelor of Arts Conference. University of Queensland. Brisbane.

Doherty, S. (2017, April). Journalism Design: methods for innovative practice. Presentation at Translational Research in Creative Practice Symposium. University of Queensland. Brisbane.

Doherty, S. (2016, July). Journalism + Design: a new paradigm for the digital age. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Conference. Newcastle, Australia.

Doherty, S., & Viller, S. (2016, June). Documenting journalism design. Workshop paper presented at the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. Brisbane.

Doherty, S. (2016, March). NewsCube: It’s about the future. Australian Science Communicators Conference. Brisbane.

Doherty, S. (2015, November). Designing new journalism practice. Theorising digital change conference. Queensland University of Technology. Brisbane.

Doherty, S. (2015, March). NewsCubed: Journalism through design. University of Queensland School of Communication and Arts research seminar series. Brisbane.

Doherty, S. (2015, October). NewsCube. TEXTure [exhibition]. The Edge, State Library of Queensland Brisbane.

Doherty, S. (2012, January). Will the geeks inherit the newsroom? Reflections on why journalists should learn computer science. Paper presented at the eighth international conference on technology, knowledge and society. Los Angeles.


Doherty, S. (2015, August). Journalism and the power of design. Speech at Walkley Freelance Focus. Brisbane.

Doherty, S. (2014, December). Australian innovators share lessons learnt. Panel discussion, Storyology. Sydney.

Doherty, S. (2014, December). The NewsCube. Presentation in New Adventures in Storytelling, Storyology. Sydney.

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