This was a very interesting BUZZ that I found today and wanted to share with you.
Originally posted on: https://www.vrfocus.com/2018/09/winners-announced-of-the-2018-journalism-360-challenge/
Here on VRFocus, you are likely familiar with Life In 360°, our thrice weekly look at how 360-degree video is being used all over the world. Over the last year or so, however, there’s been a big push in the use of 360 degrees video as well as other immersive technologies by major news outlets. For example, there are two videos from the BBC in this week’s Life At 360°’s alone. Yesterday was announced the eleven winners of a contest being held by the Google News Initiative, Knight Foundation, and Online News Association. The 2018 Journalism 360 Challenge asked people the question “How might we experiment with immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism?” and it generated over 400 responses. “The winning projects focused on advancing new models and techniques in immersive storytelling.” Said Paul Cheung, the Knight Foundation’s Director for Journalism and Technology Innovation. “They will work to innovate journalism — providing news organizations and reporters with insights into new forms of storytelling and audience engagement techniques that can shine a light on the issues that matter most to communities.”The eleven winners receive a grant of between $4,600 and $20,000 (USD) which will be used to finalize their projects on topics such as privacy and surveillance, race issues and domestic violence. A total of $195,000 will be given away as the winners explore new ways to tell serious stories of the world around them.“The diversity of voices and projects represented by this year’s challenge participants provides an optimistic outlook for journalism.” Said Director of Journalism 360, Laura Hertzfeld. “We heard from creators around the world who are expanding the boundaries of immersive storytelling and experimenting with more varied tools, with some building on inspiration from the 2017 challenge winners. We’re also excited to see journalists pitching innovative ways to help people in their communities use immersive technology to tell their own stories.”
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