The Journalism + Interaction Design course ran at the University of Queensland between 2013 and 2015. The course teamed final-year journalism students with final-year interaction design students with the aim of developing journalistic tech. During the 13-week course students researched, designed and prototyped a solution to a journalistic issue.
Journalism needs some new ideas. It needs new practices, formats and platforms. And it needs its own people to invent them. To be able to manipulate and control them.
Since our outing at Storyology in December we’ve been tweaking the NewsCube and rolling out some new features, among them embedding and collaboration.
NewsCubed is an early stage start-up was spun out of research. It manages the NewsCube and offers consultancy services.
Shape is a tricky thing to work with and at NewsCubed it has been both our strongest feature and biggest challenge.
Journalists need a better attitude if they want to drive innovation in the news business.
My NewsCube project has won a Walkley Innovation Grant. The project was one of six projects in the running for a share of $40,000 in seed funding to develop the project.