Gail Robinson

by Gail Robinson

With the launch of its energy game Switch, Gotham Gazette this fall completed a two-year Knight Foundation-funded project to create several news games about New York City policy issues. We think we produced some good games (to view and play them go here.) And we learned a lot. Most satisfyingly, we confirmed that for some [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

Much of the discussion about online games focuses on the technical issues, and that’s not surprising since the technical aspects make a game a game or a simulation and not a conventional story. But as Gotham Gazette continues its efforts to create interactive features to involve and educate New Yorkers on key policy issues, we [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

Earlier this month the district attorney in Albany, New York, released thousands of pages of documents related to his investigation of a scandal involving former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. This goes back to the days when Spitzer’s alleged improprieties involved misuse of the state police, over-the-top aggressiveness and a lust for smearing political opponents. Not as [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

The New York City Police department, which issues (or refuses to issue) press passes and identification cards, has denied credentials to at least three on-line reporters we know of, including Gotham Gazette city hall editor Courtney Gross. In some instances, the denial seems like out and out political retribution. Leonard Levitt, a former Newsday reporter [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

Today, Gotham Gazette unveils the second of its news games: The Budget Maze. With challenges and a dash of humor, the game presents an entertaining way to educate New Yorkers about one of the eternal mysteries of policy and politics in the city: How the budget is determined. To make the topic engaging, we created [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

In an ideal world, I suppose, all information would be free and widely accessible. Maybe not credit records, health stats or income information — but certainly journalism would be. Alas, though, we’re not in an ideal world. On-line publications need readers (hits) to survive. In the case of a small independent site like Gotham Gazette, [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

People who run news sites can be resistant to encouraging the developing games and other interactive feature. Perhaps it’s that “game” sounds too playful, although given that most newspaper feature comics, crosswords and Sudoko, to say nothing of the latest celebrity photos and gossip, it’s hard to see why. The interactivity may make some editors [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

As so many people who blog here have observed, newspapers face a quandary as they struggle to attract and keep readers to their print editions as well as their Web sites. They want to win customers at the same time they are giving those customers less for their money. One way to get around that [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

In the almost three months since Gotham Gazette launched the Garbage Game about New York City’s refuse, we’ve learned interesting things – some about on-line games and some specific to this game and this topic. For a roundup of responses and reactions, presented on Gotham Gazette last month, click here. First, even people playing games [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

After many nervous moments and late nights, Gotham Gazette’s The Garbage Game is on our site and ready for players. This is the first in a series of six games on key policy issues facing New York City that Gotham Gazette will be producing over the next two years. As we hope you’ll see for [...] more »