Here you find content connected to the Transmedia Journalism and Interactive Documentary in Dialogue at the 10th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2017), Madeira, Portugal, on November 14, 2017.

The workshop promotes a hands-on approach to recent developments in transmedia storytelling and its application to journalism and interactive documentary (iDoc). Transmedia journalism, as well as any other application of transmedia storytelling in fictional and nonfictional realms, is characterized by the involvement of (a) multiple media platforms; (b) content expansion; and (c) audience engagement. The premise of iDocs is the active flow of information. With the support of digital technologies, iDocs presuppose that the user must be able to (physically) do something, which implies the audience can form its own storyline by choosing the path to experience the story, watching a video, seeing a photo, etc. The workshop starts with an introduction to the primordial role of transmedia audiences, the relationship between transmedia journalism and iDocs, and cases studies that illustrate the theory. The participants, organized in groups, work together to experience how to transform a single news story into a transmedia project.


09:00–09:45 = Transmedia Storytelling: Active Audiences, Interaction and Participation

09:45–10:30 = Transmedia Journalism and its Relation to Interactive Documentary

10:30–10:45 = Coffee Break

10:45–12:30 = Practical exercise on transforming a news story into a transmedia project


For participants: Laptop or tablet.

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Renira Rampazzo Gambarato

National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia


Alessandro Nanì

Tallinn University, Estonia




Alessandro Nanì: Transmedia Storytelling: Active Audiences, Interaction and Participation

Dr. Renira R. Gambarato: Transmedia Journalism and its Relation to Interactive Documentary

Suggested Readings

BOGOST, Ian, Ferrari, Simon, and Shweizer, Bobby (2010). Newsgames: Journalism at Play. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

GAMBARATO, Renira R. (2016). The Sochi Project: Slow Journalism within Transmedia Space. In Digital Journalism, 4(4): 445-461.

GAMBARATO, Renira R., Alzamora, Geane, and Tárcia, Lorena (2016). Russian News Coverage of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games: A Transmedia Analysis. International Journal of Communication, 10, 1446–1469.

GAMBARATO, Renira R., Alzamora, Geane, Tárcia, Lorena, Jurno, Amanda (2017). 2014 FIFA World Cup on the Brazilian Globo Network: A Transmedia Dynamics? Global Media and Communication. Online first.

GAMBARATO, Renira R. and Tárcia, Lorena (2017). Transmedia Strategies in Journalism: An Analytical Model for the Coverage of Planned Events. Journalism Studies, 18(11): 1381-1399.

KERRIGAN, Susan, and VELIKOVSKY, J.T. (2016). Examining Documentary Transmedia Narratives through the Living History of Fort Scratchley Project. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 22(3), 233–49.

Forthcoming Publications

FREEMAN, Matthew and Gambarato, Renira R. (eds.) (2018). The Routledge Companion to Transmedia Studies. New York and London: Routledge.

GAMBARATO, Renira R. and Alzamora, Geane (eds.) (2018). Exploring Transmedia Journalism in the Digital Age. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Suggested Links

Interactive Documentary and Journalism

Mapping the Intersection of Two Cultures: Interactive Documentary and Digital Journalism

How to Scale up ‘Interactive Documentary’ in Digital Newsrooms

Controlled chaos: As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share?

Web Documentaries: a Brief Guide

Virtual reality

VR for News: The New Reality?

How The NY Times Is Using Virtual Reality To Revitalize Storytelling

6×9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement

How The Economist used Virtual Reality to tell Stories through Digital Reconstruction

Online news video

Facebook Executive: Your News Feed will likely be “All Video” in Five Years

Report: The Future of Online News Video

Sure, people like online video, but that doesn’t mean they want to watch your hard news videos

Tinder, Snapchat, Twitter

How One Journalist Uses Social Media to Get Inside the Minds of ISIS

Swipe left for Brexit, Tinder tells young people

Snapchat reportedly has more daily users than Twitter. What does that mean for news?

10 ways journalists can use Twitter before, during and after reporting a story

‘Eager to use it’: Inside The New York Times’ Snapchat team

Instagram, Whatsapp, Podcast

Ira Glass Talks ‘Serial’ Season 3, Journalism in the Age of Trump

Serial’s Transformation of Audio Journalism is Just Beginning

Sarah Koenig on the Popularity of Serial and the ‘Dark’ Reaction of Some of Its Fanatic Fans

A reporter in a rural district of India uses WhatsApp to broadcast local news — and makes money doing it

Why Milkshakes Are Good For Media

5 ways newsrooms can make the most of Instagram

Instagrammers discover front-page NYT placement by chance

Instagrammer: ‘I am very happy my photo was selected’

BBC using WhatsApp and WeChat at Indian elections

Mobile news

How The New York Times, CNN, and The Huffington Post approach publishing on platforms

Good news, publishers: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)

We know people read news on their phones. But from what sources?

Facebook Isn’t Just Good at Mobile. It’s How Mobile Works Now

Participatory journalism

How Participatory Journalism Turns News Consumers into Collaborators

#Paris: UGC expertise can no longer be a niche newsroom skill


News as games: immoral or the future of interactive journalism?

The case for newsgames: Why newsrooms should ‘gain a fluency in games and play’

Book Excerpt: Can Videogames Be Journalism?

Technology disruption

How technology disrupted the truth

Facebook, a News Giant That Would Rather Show Us Baby Pictures

The Washington Post is using robots to cover the Olympics and the election

In 60 days, drone journalism will be legally possible in any U.S. newsroom

Drones give journalists a new way to report news

Suggested Videos

The newspaper industry

The differences between multimedia, crossmedia and transmedia storytelling

Theory of systems and transmedia storytelling

Practical Exercise

Story 1

Pastel de Nata: The Humble Portuguese Custard Tart with a Recipe that Just Three People Know

Story 2

A Brief History of Portugal’s Beautiful Azulejo Tiles

Story 3

A Beginner’s Guide to Port

Story 4

Portugal Dominated Angola for Centuries. Now the Roles Are Reversed.