An attendee of ONA18 experiences a VR project during the Immersive Film Festival, sponsored by J360, on Oct. 7, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anya Semenoff for the Online News Association)

Shaping the conversation on immersive storytelling at SXSW

By on March 8, 2018

From March 10-15, we’ll be in Austin, Texas, for the 2018 South by Southwest Conference & Festivals to share insights from the Journalism 360 program and connect with other immersive storytelling enthusiasts. We’re excited to participate in a number of panels, join partner events and co-sponsor the annual Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. VIII.

If you’re attending SXSW, come say hi! Laura Hertzfeld, J360 Program Director; Trevor Knoblich, Head of Programs and Events and Jennifer Mizgata, Director of Programs, will be there along with J360 ambassadors and winners of the Journalism 360 Challenge Awards.

ONA at SXSW 2018

The Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. VIII.
March 10, 6–9 p.m. | Shiners Saloon
Join us for a big celebration with the journalism community at this annual party! Get there early, it fills up quickly!

Reality But Better: Augmenting the World with News
March 12, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon FG
Speakers: Erica Anderson, Jeremy Gilbert, Steven King, Steve Raymond

J360 Immersive Storytelling Meetup
March 13, 5–7 p.m. | Four Seasons Lobby Lounge
This informal meetup is for J360 ambassadors, grantees and friends. Send a note to if you plan to attend.

Bringing VR to the People Through Immersive News
March 14, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon H
Speakers: Sarah Hill, Joey Marburger, Ray Soto

Ethics in VR/AR Journalism
March 14, 2–3 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon H
Speakers: Carla Borras, Jean Yves Chainon, Laura Hertzfeld, Lakshmi Sarah

VR in Journalism: The Next Wave
March 15, 12:30–1:30 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon 1–2
Speakers: Arnaud Colinart, Marcelle Hopkins, Jessica Lauretti, Francesca Panetta

How Volumetric Humans Impact Storytelling in VR/AR
March 15, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon 3-4
Speakers: Cedric Gamelin, Peter Martin, Ben Stein, Steve Sullivan

To help you plan ahead, we’ve created a handy Google calendar that captures the VR/AR panels during the festival, including these events where you can find the ONA and J360 crew. For updates during SXSW, follow us on Twitter at @Journalism_360, @laurahertzfeld, @mobileTrevor and @JMizgata.