The NewsCube was a three-dimensional storytelling tool that lets people curate complex stories and tell them from multiple perspectives. The tactile, playful interface allow users to create content in themes or categories and present them on the sides of a cube. Each side can accommodate up to nine items and readers interact with the NewsCube by spinning it around using their finger or a mouse.

The project was an experiment in designing new forms of news interaction. The design was inspired by hypertext authoring systems and non-linear story projects that aimed to give readers a sense to control over narratives. While most experimental storytelling systems are designed for fiction, the NewsCube aimed to bring these ideas to journalism.

The project won an inaugural Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism.

Access the project archives: and github:


  • Doherty, Skye and Viller, Stephen (2020). Prototyping interaction: designing technology for communication. Reimagining communication: experience. (pp. 80-96) edited by Michael Filimowicz and Veronika Tzankova. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351015356-5
  • Doherty, Skye (2018). Journalism Design: Interactive Technologies and the Future of Storytelling. Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315168401
  • NewsCubed: journalism through design Doherty, Skye (2015). NewsCubed: journalism through design. Journalism Practice, 10 (5), 569-588. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2015.1049645

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Dr Skye Doherty


    Project members

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    Associate Professor Stephen Viller

    Discipline Leader Human Centred Computing & Associate Professor
    School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science