Impact of the media - NewsArcade - YOUthDIG 08 2024

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15 June 2024 | 14:00–15:00 EEST
YOUthDIG 2024 programme

Session teaser

Introduction to the NewsArcade, fake news and importance of reliable media in the spread of disinformation.


Speaker and Interactive game

Detailed Description

Introduction to the NewsArcade, fake news and importance of reliable media in the spread of disinformation.

NewsArcade is a game based on real, published news. Our objective is to bring Gen Z and journalism closer by playing together.

The game puts readers in the perspective of a journalist. At the beginning of the game the editor assigns you the topic to cover, a target group, or an objective or angle to strike. You will then have to choose what bits to use among materials that the journalists used in real life for their article (photos, quotes, videos). At every step you will "earn" points depending on how successful your choices will be towards winning the challenge set by the editor. You will see first hand that by progressively electing specific quotes and images for your article, you will effectually angle your story. At the end of the game you will see your story come to life, with your name as the author, and you will be able to share the challenge with your friends. The editor will analyse the article with you to explain your final result compared to the challenge of the beginning. 

NewsArcade was developed in the span of two years through the combined efforts of game developers, researchers, publishers, and educators, thanks to the contribution of Creative Europe-Media.

Further reading

To learn more about News Arcade visit: News Arcade


Focal Points

  • Pilar Rodriguez, YOUthDIG Org Team
  • João Pedro Martins, YOUthDIG Org Team


  • Dr. George Ioannidis (m), Director, holds a Master of Science (MSEE) and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the National Technical University of Athens and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused on innovation management. After positions in academia among others as the head of the image and video analysis department of the AI group at the Centre for Computing Technologies in Bremen, he founded IN2 ( in 2005. He has initiated, participated and managed several European research projects since 1993 in the area of multimedia content management, digital cultural heritage, mixed media and immersive storytelling, accessibility and user-centred design.
  • Elena Perotti is Executive Director of Media Policy and Public Affairs at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers. She is responsible for identifying and studying major public affairs issues within the news industry, and is leader and/or author of all research output of the department. Elena is also in charge of the News Literacy initiatives, and of interaction and liaison with WAN-IFRA's governing boards, as well as with national and regional member associations, and international bodies. She holds a Masters of Law in International Law and is experienced in media policy, senior management, global event organisation, and public relations.