No. 37: Election AR, Mt. Resilience And Fire Tornadoes

By on November 13, 2020

We’re cooking up some exciting developments here at Journalism 360! Next week on Nov. 18, we’ll announce the winners of the Journalism 360 Challenge, which aims to support immersive storytelling experiments to advance best practices in the field. We have an amazing group of projects this year and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Save the date: We’re planning a meetup Friday, Dec. 11 at 12 pm ET for the Journalism 360 community! We want to hear what you’ve been working on, what you’re interested and introduce you to other inspiring journalists and technologists creating immersive projects. This is open to everyone—we’ll share more details and an RSVP link in our next issue.


Voting selfie. Yahoo News created AR filters with state-specific stickers for Americans to use in a post-voting selfie, demonstrating that they’d cast their ballots in the recent U.S. presidential election.

Election AR. To explain aspects of the U.S. election to an international audience, multiple Arabic networks engaged AR in their broadcasts—building 3D replicas of the Washington Mall, and transforming their studios with graphics to describe the concept of battleground states.

Mt. Resilience. ABC Australia recently launched Mt. Resilience, an AR experience which aims to prepare people for more frequent and extreme weather events by guiding users through an intricate 3D-model town where everyone has a role to play.

Fire tornadoes. To educate viewers on the dangers of “fire whirls,” the Weather Channel created a mixed reality video featuring meteorologist Jim Cantore breaking down the specifics behind this natural phenomena—from inside the storm itself.

Masks work. A recent New York Times piece took viewers inside a 3D model of a mask to demonstrate how aerosols get trapped in fibers, and how the risk of spreading the virus lessens as more people wear masks and practice social distancing.

Augmented privacy. “Augmented reality will expose our public, social, and inner lives in a way that may be even more invasive than the smartphone … The future is tomorrow, so let’s make it a future we would want to live in.”

Migaloo. Meaning “white fulla” in the Badjala language, Migaloo is an albino humpback whale who’s been spotted for years off the coast of Australia’s North Stradbroke Island. Yahoo News collaborated with HuffPost to reimagine Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins designs of the local celebrity as 3D models.

New realities. Filmmaker Ava Duvernay, Lenovo and the UN’s Girl Up leadership development initiative teamed up to create New Realities, a project featuring the stories of 10 young women around the world using technology to make a difference or pursue their dreams, all told in 360-degree video.