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Journalism meets games : Newsgames as a new digital genre. Theory, boundaries, utilisation.


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Meier, Klaus:
Journalism meets games : Newsgames as a new digital genre. Theory, boundaries, utilisation.
In: Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies. 7 (Juli 2018) 2. - S. 429-444.
ISSN 2001-0818


Newsgames are a young genre of digital journalism. This article analyses the genre on the
basis of cases from various countries, puts it into context, critically examines the theoretical
foundation and presents a study of utilization. A scientific definition takes the perspective
of ‘boundary work’: It distinguishes Newsgames from other digital games (such as interestdriven,
entertaining or educating games) and draws a boundary between Newsgames and
other digital journalistic genres (such as multimedia reports, web documentaries or types of
data journalism). The drawing of Newsgames boundaries highlights the general problems
of drawing boundaries of journalism in digital media. To date, no study on the utilization
of Newsgames exists. Our explorative and qualitative interviews and observations are situated
within the framework of uses and gratifications research. Main categories are the level
of awareness, information performance and success factors of Newsgames. The results show
that the new genre possesses a wide range of possibilities that cannot be uniformly assessed.
Ethical doubts as to whether serious topics should be played in games are offset against the
benefit of creating interest and empathy. Users want to experience success when playing – an
aspect that emphasizes the competitive character and distinguishes Newsgames from other

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Schlagwörter:newsgames; digital journalism; digital genres in journalism; boundaries of journalism;
utilization and performance of new genres; game studies
Institutionen der Universität:Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Journalistik > Lehrstuhl für Journalistik I
DOI / URN / ID:DOI: 10.1386/ajms.7.2.429_1
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Nein
Titel an der KU entstanden:Ja
Eingestellt am:07. Aug 2018 11:41
Letzte Änderung:07. Aug 2018 11:41
URL zu dieser Anzeige:http://edoc.ku-eichstaett.de/21760/