Making interactive maps less interactive: Making maps, part 1: Less interactivity. Brian Boyer of the Chicago Tribune on a mission to teach you how to make interactive maps that don’t suck. Step 1 is indeed to make them less interactive. I buy it. There’s a full tutorial spread out in a few posts. Follow along, kids.
On the difference between gameplay and gamification: Josh Korr on “why gamifying the news is so challenging.”
Sean Blanda has some good advice for The New York Times that could work for any medium-large news organization. It’s not as much about location apps as it as about a game-like user experience. My advice to the New York Times? Copy Foursquare.
Aron Pilhofer of nytimes.com on the hardware, software, and costs associated with building the best interactive data projects in the news business: Everything we use is free and open-source. Our platform is Ruby on Rails backed by Mysql databases running on Ubuntu servers. The cost here isn’t software, or even hardware, which is relatively cheap […]
You don’t know what it’s like for the web guy at a newspaper. All day long, requests and ideas funnel in his direction, with no end in sight, and little help. Web guys, this is for you. Reporters, listen up. Here are five ways you can put together something wonderful for the web without asking […]
A short explanation of how interactivity can change the game. Get off the stage, and let the readers add information of their own. Let them form a community around the information you’ve packaged for them. via Ingram. Thinking about media as a platform – Matt McAlister
Kevin’s notes on Newsvine, especially the bits about making it clear to the user what exactly they’re supposed to Do (capital D)… Define your verbs, indeed. Newsvine and news as a social object – Strange Attractor
When I find myself face to screen with an online news site that is still in the Nightly Shovelware Posting stage, I think of two things: How can I add multimedia to this, and how can I add interactivity to this. I think a lot of us go the same route, especially those with more […]
A few familiar social bookmarking icons can now be spotted on stories at NYTimes.com. Just look for the Share heading in the Article Tools box. Click on it, and Digg, Facebook, and Newsvine buttons drop down, along with an all-important Permalink option that issues a linkrot-proof way to blog about the story in question, no […]
Mindy McAdams has a totally useful list of research on interactivity. Remind me to build a page like this out of my references. Interactivity and Mass Communication