Iowa Journalism School Adds Video Games Writing To Curriculum

Iowa Journalism School Adds Video Games Writing To Curriculum

This fall, the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will offer a course in writing about video games and reporting on the industry.

“My idea is that everyone can learn from video games,” Kyle Moody, the course’s instructor and a teaching assistant in the journalism school, told The Daily Iowan, the independent newspaper of the university. “I am into video games, but I see it more as a way for learning; to write about technology experiences and lifestyle and culture, video games are the entry point to me.”

A more senior faculty member indicated that the mushrooming news coverage of the games industry means her school should be training writers in how to write about it.

“There’s a big video-game industry out there that has a really active audience,” said Julie Andsager, the director of the university’s Media Research Lab. “[People] are reading stories about video games and publications – the more our students can learn how to write for that market, the better.”

The course is called “Specialized Reporting & Writing, Video Games & Communication” and it will be offered beginning in the fall term of 2012.

UI journalism teacher adds video game narrative writing course to Fall 2012 curriculum [The Daily Iowan via GamePolitics]

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