Monash students produce innovative digital interactives for industry

A slide from Monash journalism project 'The Australian Open ? The story of our Grand Slam'

A slide from Monash journalism project The Australian Open - The story of our Grand Slam

To celebrate Australia’s rich history in tennis, Monash University has collaborated with The Australian newspaper and Tennis Australia to produce historical digital interactives of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

The project, which documents the story of Australia’s Grand Slam, was written and designed by Monash journalism students and Masters of Multimedia Design students over a six-month period.

Journalism’s creative director and student, Matt Johnson, coordinated the team of students, researchers and designers to create visual histories of the Australian Open.

View the Australian Open – The story of our Grand Slam here.

The multimedia design students include a team of talented international students who have shared design ideas with journalism undergraduate students.

Mr Johnson said the many obstacles faced by the cohort during the experience made completing the final products all the more exhilarating.

“Collaborating with the multimedia and journalism students from diverse cultural backgrounds while piecing together two major projects in a restricted period of time was an immense challenge,” Mr Johnson said.

“I think the execution of the final products is a testament to the resoluteness the cohort carried throughout the six months.

“The two pieces hold journalistic merit while being visually driven and have given us a taste of the interactive flavour of modern-day online journalism.”

School of Media, Film and Journalism digital coordinator Julie Tullberg and multimedia design lecturers Jeff Janet and Neil Minot have developed the collaborative program since producing Troops in Terror Zone for The Australian in 2014.

The second project, Saints’ long road to heaven, was highly commended in the 2015 Ossie Awards.

View 25 Moments of The Australian Open here 

The production of digital interactives, which features cutting-edge technology, is an innovative step for this level of cross-faculty collaboration within the teaching structure of the digital and multimedia units.

The journalism students involved contributed the research, interviews, writing, filming, subbing and guided the narrative direction of the project, while the design students brought this vision to life through striking design and interactive elements.

Mrs Tullberg said the journalism and multimedia design students developed many skills in the program, including problem solving, team building, writing and editing skills.

“Our students have enjoyed challenging themselves to produce outstanding journalism for industry,” Mrs Tullberg said.

“The journalism and multimedia design students worked well together, sharing ideas and building friendships while exceeding expectations within the program.”

The historical tennis project is a tribute to Australian players, who have inspired a nation through their heroic efforts on the Australian Open’s centre court, and entertained millions of fans worldwide.