For the past several years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make journalism education a bit more fun. One of the classes I loved in J-school was ‘Law and Ethics’ but I was in the minority. The reason for that is not that the material is not interesting, but rather that the presentation of the material is often reduced to reviewing and discussing case studies.
I wanted to come up with a more fun and interactive way to teach journalism ethics, so along with my co-creator Brittney Shepherd, I developed DECISIONS ON DEADLINE – the new fun and fast-paced browser and tablet based game that teaches journalism ethics for the digital age.
I came up with this idea during my 2011 BAVC Mediamaker Fellowship, and continued to develop it long afterwards, and I’m thrilled to say that we got funding for the project from ITVS as part of their P360 Enhanced Initiative.
Then, just a few months later, we were thrilled to learn that the game has received special recognition as this years Society for Professional Journalists Journalism Innovation Award Winner! A high honor that we hope will lead to increased exposure for the project.