Award finalists. Al Jazeera, Contrast VR and The New York Times have been named finalists for the Online Journalism Awards’ Excellence in Immersive Storytelling category, representing exceptional efforts in telling stories through virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, 360 video or other emerging media.
Immersive at ONA18. Journalism 360 is organizing an Immersive Storytelling Festival Sept. 14 at the 2018 Online News Association Conference in Austin, Texas. The festival will showcase groundbreaking immersive news projects and connect attendees with the talented creators. Registration for ONA18 closes Aug. 31.
AR Ads. Brands are now testing out augmented-reality ads that allow users to see how furniture would look in their home, or how a shade of makeup might suit them.
Easier reporting. Immersive journalists reporting from a scene are often producing multiple packages at once. Overcapture, a technique that entails shooting an entire scene with a 360-degree camera and cropping the video later for use in a traditional fixed-frame video, could make things easier.
Says the disruptor. You Are Here Lab’s Cathy Hackl sums herself up: “I’m a woman in tech, I’m a woman in VR/AR, I’m a minority, but most importantly I’m a storyteller who is trying to break the virtual ceiling.” She sat down with Authority Magazine to discuss her career, and how she’s disrupting the industry.
Investigations. In this ONA17 throwback, immersive journalism trailblazers Raney Aronson-Rath and Nonny de la Peña discuss the strategic decisions behind their groundbreaking projects “After Solitary” and “Greenland Melting,” lessons learned and advice on how to take investigative reporting to an immersive scale.
VR World exhibit. Journalism 360’s immersive news exhibit at VR World NYC is on view for one more week, closing on Aug. 31. If you’re in New York City, be sure to drop by to experience some of the projects by the 2017 winners of the Journalism 360 Challenge.