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Process for Journalism Design

The JxD Project is about using design methods to imagine new ways of doing journalism. It is about taking what is valuable and important about traditional journalism and exploring how that might be redesigned for social, mobile, or other emerging technologies.

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.

So far we’ve developed a process and resources for teaching Journalism Design. The process provides a structure for students as they design. Through phases of discovery, imagining, exploration and critique, students understand the situation they are designing for, the people involved, and the values at play. They need to consider these in relation to what is possible with technology and what is desirable in the situation they are addressing.

The process is available under a Creative Commons licence via the JxD Project website alongside other resources.




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).

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