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As far as we know Pirate Fishing is the first gamified, interactive, journalistic online investigation in the world! Set in Sierra Leone, the audience takes the role of a journalist and who films South Korean trawlers fishing illegally in protected coastal areas stealing fish from local fishermen. By watching clips the user follows the journalistic process starting with the first sighting of the trawlers until their arrest. At the end of each clip s/he sees what information has been collected for example destroyed nets, photos of ships with hidden names, and snapshots of crew members.

Read about the project on Medium here. 

Watch the films on which the interactive project is based here.

Pirate Fishing was created by Juliana Ruhfus and Altera Studio in Rome.  Creative lead at Altera: Ivan Giordano.  Original concept developed with Giulio Rubino. 

  • Winner: ONE WORLD MEDIA 2015 – Winner Digital Media Awards

  • Winner: WEBFEST BERLIN 2015 Transmedia Section

  • Winner: New York Cinevana Festival 2015 – New Media Category

  • Winner: WRIF 2015 – Transmedia Contest

  • Finalist and Special Jury Mention: European Digital Media Awards, Best New Product Category

  • Finalist: Prix Europa – Best Online Project

  • Official selection and exhibition in interactive festival gallery: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, LA Film Festival (New Media Festival), FIPA, Festival International des Imagines Colombia, New York Festival of New Cinema, Seattle Film Festival, Freezone Film Festival Belgrade
    Exhibited at the Games for Change Civic Journalism Challenge, NYC, Nov 2015​

Juliana is particularly proud that Pirate Fishing was promoted by WAN-IFRA and the American Journalism Educators Association for use as a journalism teaching tool in classrooms around the world. 

A teachers kit is available at this link.

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