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Playing Well: Research on the Role of Fun and Games in the Media

February 23, 2015 | By Research Team—DCN

A new report released looks at online media can best leverage games and quizzes to attract and engage audiences. Play the News Fun and Games in Digital Journalism was funded by the Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and written by Maxwell Foxman. It describes specific intersections between games, play, and journalism, highlighting strategies, products, and sites of playful activity in the current news landscape with the goal of elucidating this pervasive phenomenon. Projects developed by the likes of The Washington Post and Mother Jones, and playful newsrooms like BuzzFeed, help illustrate some of the techniques journalists use to engage, inform, and educate readers through play. The report also counsels journalists, developers, and editors about the best ways and means of incorporating games and play into the newsroom.

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