Articles by Jennifer Preston and Nina Zenni

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    11 ideas win Journalism 360 Challenge on Immersive Storytelling

    July 11, 2017 by Jennifer Preston and Nina Zenni

    11 ideas win Journalism 360 Challenge on Immersive Storytelling

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    In March 2017, Knight Foundation, along with partners Google News Lab and the Online News Association, launched the Journalism 360 Challenge to advance the use of virtual reality and other immersive storytelling approaches in the field of journalism.

    The open call for early stage ideas drew 800 applicants from around the world.  It showed that journalists are seizing the opportunity to use emerging technology to create fresh forms of storytelling and engage with audiences in new ways. At the same time, innovation in immersive storytelling is taking place across the news media ecosystem. Promising ideas for new tools and methods are being developed by startups, as well as traditional news organizations, local news outlets, universities and public radio.

    Today we are announcing support for 11 of these projects. Each was chosen for its potential to bolster the collective understanding of how new forms of immersive storytelling can meet the changing information needs of communities and individuals, and strengthen the future of journalism.

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    Journalism 360 Challenge opens for submissions on immersive storytelling

    March 8, 2017 by Jennifer Preston and Nina Zenni

    Journalism 360 Challenge opens for submissions on immersive storytelling

    In the year since Knight Foundation’s report at SXSW urged journalists to explore immersive storytelling, we’ve seen an explosion in creativity and a growing need for the field to develop best practices and techniques.

    That’s why we joined with Google News Lab and the Online News Association to launch the Journalism 360 Challenge, an open call for ideas from everyone from gamers to news organizations willing to experiment and share what they’re learning about mixed reality, virtual reality, augmented reality and 360-degree video.

    Winning ideas will receive up to $35,000 for early-stage projects that best answer the question: How might we experiment with immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism?

    Applications can be submitted March 8 – April 10, 2017.