Reporting the news during a murder mystery game

Several murder mystery games include characters who are journalists or reporters. Their role is often to ferret out juicy secrets for their newspaper.

Here are a few ideas for how they can report their stories within your murder mystery game.

Playing Spellbound - the magical murder mystery gameNeither of these is a reporter!

headlines

Put some sheets of paper on the wall, and let the reporter write news headlines.

For example, "German Ambassador is really a woman!" or "I've had an affair, admits famous movie star!"

A flip chart is ideal for this - let the reporter post the headlines, and when the sheet is full you can tear it off and stick it on the wall.

news stories

If your cub reporters are keen, they can actually write out the stories.

You could even provide them with an old typewriter for them to do this (although it might be quicker if they just hand-write the pieces).

byelines

The problem with actually writing the stories is that the person playing the reporter may end up spending all their time writing news reports instead of playing the game.

So instead of typing up a story, get them to write their name next to their headline - and tell everyone at the start of the party that if they want to "read" that story they should talk to that particular reporter to find out the details.

use some or all to create journalistic rivalry

You can use any of the above to create some rivalry between journalists.

For example, you can create a competition to see who writes the most news stories, or even a give a prize for the wackiest headline.

Remember to give the reporters a notebook and pen so they can jot down the facts as they research their stories.

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