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.
Since that time we’ve hired the Canadian gaming company Frima Studios to help us bring our vision to life, and things are going well! Currently, we hope to launch the game alongside the National PBS Broadcast of A FRAGILE TRUST on May 5th.
DECISIONS ON DEADLINE will be playable on your browser or as a downloadable app for tablets in the iTunes store. More soon!!