Celebrating women. Most of the Journalism 360 ambassadors are women, and we want to give them a shout out this International Women’s Day: Francesca Panetta, Jenna Pirog, Jessica Lauretti, Lakshmi Sarah, Linda Rath-Wiggins, Marcelle Hopkins, Mariana Santos, Meghan Sims, Mia Tramz, Nonny de la Peña, Raney Aronson-Rath and Sarah Hill. They are journalists, technologists, educators, entrepreneurs and more, and they are pushing immersive storytelling forward.
Connect at SXSW. We are organizing an informal gathering for immersive journalism enthusiasts March 11, 5–7 p.m., in the Four Seasons Lobby Lounge in Austin. This meetup is for Journalism 360 ambassadors, grantees and friends. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Pitch a session or speaker for ONA19. Suggestion Box for the 2019 Online News Association Conference, Sept. 12-14 in New Orleans, is open through March 21. Among various topics, ONA is looking for pitches that tackle trends, bold ideas or best practices in emerging technology. See the tips for crafting a pitch.
Notes for educators. The ONA Educators community hosted a virtual talk to share best practices and resources for teaching immersive storytelling with AR and VR.
Confronting history. A new interactive from The New York Times offers a look at the legacy of the lynching of Emmett Till through a virtual reality documentary and 360-degree still images with archival overlays.
What is immersive storytelling is good for. In a manifesto for immersive experiences, Julia Scott-Stevenson argues it’s good for “creating shared experiences that imagine pathways towards a preferred future.”