Immersive Journalism and Virtual Reality

immersive journalism
Immersive journalism chapter

Abstract

Immersive journalism is a practice that places the audience at the center of the journalistic narrative, creating first-person experiences by using Virtual Reality technologies and 360 degree video. This chapter reviews some of the current key ideas in understanding its importance and implications.

Storytelling, empathy, the virtual/real duality, and interactivity are discussed along with several key works of the current new wave of immersive technologies. The text looks at both how immersive journalism connects to and how it innovates from the first VR experiences dated from over 20 years ago, in a moment when immersive technologies afford a context for these new storytelling practices to be consolidated.

Keywords

Immersive journalism, Virtual reality, 360 video, Interactive documentary, Immersion, Empathy, Interactivity, Remediation

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Cite this chapter as:
Soler-Adillon J., Sora C. (2018) “Immersive Journalism and Virtual Reality”. In: Pérez-Montoro M. (eds) Interaction in Digital News Media. Palgrave Macmillan (Springer)

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