The Be an Editor Game

Course Overview

The Be an Editor Game
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
The game takes about 15 minutes to play.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

The world of information access is changing rapidly. As news consumers find fresh ways to seek out the information they want, it's important to understand how news editors decide what will be on the front of tomorrow's newspaper.

Be an Editor, a game developed for an audience of all ages, helps you understand some of the basics. You have four top editors giving you their three top stories of the day.

What goes on the front page?

That's your job as the managing editor of the fictitious Medina Miracle.

If you are a teacher, you can use this game to teach editorial process and critical thinking. There are tools along the way to give you teaching pointers.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the process that editors go through on a daily basis to analyze story ideas, assess breaking-news stories and negotiate newsroom personalities while putting together a daily newspaper
  • Identify the level of importance of a variety of news stories as well as what qualities make up a good story for the local newspaper
  • Deal with deadline pressure
Who should take this course:

Anyone who has ever wondered how editors decide what goes on the front page of the daily paper. Whether you're a veteran journalist, student, teacher or newspaper reader, you'll enjoy this game.

Training Partners:

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.


The Newseum educates the public about the value of a free press in a free society and tells the stories of the world's important events in unique and engaging ways. In its prominent location on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the Newseum blends 500 years of news history, up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits for a one-of-a-kind museum experience. The Newseum is funded by the Freedom Forum and, while independent of any media companies, receives additional support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 8.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • You set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • You use a high-speed connection

This course contains audio, so please make sure you have your speakers or headphones on.In