What can we learn from video gamers that will help journalism?

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The Journalism and Society Research Group was recently established by Dr Martin Hirst and colleagues, in the School of Communication at AUT University, to further research and collaboration with industry on issues vital to the health of the news industry and the democratic functioning of the mass media.

The inaugural meeting of the group will take place on Monday 6th April 2009, from 5.30 to 6.30pm followed by drinks at the Brooklyn Bar.

Mass(ive) media: Borrowing from video game research to explore journalism and society

Games have not only survived the transition to a digital networked form, they have flourished into a multi-billion dollar global media industry. Digital games are being used not just to entertain, but to inform, persuade, train and educate.

They have become both culturally and commercially significant in a relatively short space of time, and they are fuelling a new wave of multidisciplinary academic research.

David Cameron has just spent a week in San Francisco at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), observing the latest trends as both a working reporter and an academic researcher.

In this presentation, launching the Journalism & Society Research Group, he will draw on his notes to offer snippets of the most interesting and innovative ideas presented at GDC, and invite participants to consider ways in which might these might be applied to exploring the future intersections of journalism and society.

David lectures in social media and journalism at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. He is a member of the Centre for Research in Complex Systems, and a chief investigator on an Australian Research Council linkage project, partnered with the Australian Defence Force. He is a teaching fellow with CSU’s Flexible Learning Institute.

Monday 6th April 2009, 5.30pm Room WT302, AUT Tower corner Rutland and Wakefield sts, Auckland (opposite Aotea Square, off Queen st).

For more information about the talk, or the JSRG email or phone Dr Martin Hirst, School of Communication Studies, AUT University martin.hirstATaut.ac.nz

+64 [0]21 921 092

One Response to What can we learn from video gamers that will help journalism?

  1. […] his colleague Martin Hirst has established a research group which is kicking off tonight with a talk by Australian academic David Cameron about what […]

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