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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Georgia Tech prof among Knight News Challenge winners

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Congrats are in order for Ian Bogost, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech who, along with partner Michael Mateas of UC-Santa Cruz, have been awarded nearly $400,000 by the Knight Foundation to develop a free a tool that produces "cartoon-like" games about current events. The duo was one of 12 winners in this year's Knight News Challenge, an annual competition where thousands of innovative media projects duke it out for a hefty pile of cash. (CL twice profiled Bogost and his groundbreaking research in 2007.

The team's pitch, cribbed from the excellent Nieman Lab (which you should follow if you're interested in reading how communication and journalism is changing — not dying):

“To engage readers in the news, this project will create a free tool that produces cartoon-like current event games — the game equivalent of editorial cartoons. The simplified tools will be created with busy journalists and editors in mind, people who have the pulse of their community but don’t have a background in game development. By answering a series of questions about the major actors in a news event and making value judgments about their actions, The Cartoonist will automatically propose game rules and images. The games aim to help the sites draw readers and inspire them to explore the news.”

Good work, Ian.

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