How would immersive journalism look like? Immersive as in ‘immersing the reader/viewer/participant into a situation in such a way she learns something new’? Actually there exists a website immersivejournalism.com where journalist and scholar Nonny de la PeÃ±a discusses her work and ideas about this topic.
I first encountered this work of hers in Second Life in 2010:
But you’ll notice how she evolves and now uses virtual reality tools for her newest projects, about food banks…
…or about Syrian refugees:
Now I learned about a project by another team “which will be centered on live video, delivering an experience that feels more like documentary and photo journalism than a console game.”
They use new experimental cameras which are able to capture live motion 360Â° and 3D virtual reality footage.
The kit is made from 12-16 cameras mounted to a 3D printed brace, and then stitched onto a virtual sphere to form a 360 degree virtual environment. These new kits are also stereoscopic, adding depth of field.
The project is a partnership between Frontline, The Secret Location, and the Tow Center. You can read more about it on the Tow Center site.