I’m the director of the Journalism + Design program at The New School in NYC — a collaboration between our liberal arts college, Eugene Lang, and our design school, Parsons. The program seeks to map design methodologies onto journalistic practices and invest students with the imagination for real innovation in rigorous, evidence-based storytelling and news expression.
I’m the co-author of the book Smartbomb: The Quest for Art Entertainment and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution and have covered games and digital culture for more than 10 years, most recently for All Things Considered.
I recently finished a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant, investigating the use of playable models for expressing the complexity behind headlines. I’m currently working with the Woodrow Wilson Center on a paper about this topic. Last year, I conducted a series of interviews with thought leaders in the digital media and learning space that will be published as an e-book by the MacArthur Foundation.
I’ve been interviewed for and cited in publications such as the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times magazine, Businessweek, and the Believer, and have appeared on shows such as Talk of the Nation and CBS Sunday Morning. My work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, GQ, Slate, Salon and All Things Considered.
I’m currently working on an experimental nonfiction book called The Moleskine Diaries.
You can contact me at heather.chaplin [at] gmail.com.