This book sets out cutting-edge new research and examines future prospects on 360-degree video, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) in journalism, analyzing and discussing virtual world experiments from a range of perspectives.
Featuring contributions from a diverse range of scholars, Immersive Journalism as Storytelling highlights both the opportunities and the challenges presented by this form of storytelling. The book discusses how immersive journalism has the potential to reach new audiences, change the way stories are told, and provide more interactivity within the news industry. Aside from generating deeper emotional reactions and global perspectives, the book demonstrates how it can also diversify and upskill the news industry. Further contributions address the challenges, examining how immersive storytelling calls for reassessing issues of journalism ethics and truthfulness, transparency, privacy, manipulation, and surveillance, and questioning what it means to cover reality when a story is told in virtual reality. Chapters are grounded in empirical data such as content analyses and expert interviews, alongside insightful case studies that discuss Euronews, Nonny de la Peña’s Project Syria, and The New York Times’ NYTVR application.
This book is written for journalism teachers, educators, and students, as well as scholars, politicians, lawmakers, and citizens with an interest in emerging technologies for media practice.
The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780367713294, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license
- Introduction: What is Immersive Journalism?
- Exploring the Immersive Journalism Landscape
- Case Euronews: A Low-Cost Approach to Immersive Storytelling
- Global Perspectives of Immersive Journalism
- The Impact of Emotions in Immersive Journalism
- Project Syria: Accuracy in Immersive Journalism
- Promises and Perils in Immersive Journalism
- It’s Not Just about Empathy: Going beyond the Empathy Machine in Immersive Journalism
- Place-Based Journalism, Aesthetics, and Branding
- Case Study: Creating A Business Value in Immersive Journalism
- The Hierarchy of Needs for User Experiences in Virtual Reality
- Immersive Gaming as Journalism
- Augmented Reality as News
- Teaching Immersive Journalism
- Immersive Journalism as Witnessing
- Forecasting Future Trajectories for Immersive Journalism
Part I: Storytelling
Esa Sirkkunen, Jorge Vázquez-Herrero, Turo Uskali, and Heli Väätäjä
Joakim Vindenes and Astrid Gynnild
Part II: Ethics
Turo Uskali and Pasi Ikonen
Siri Flatlandsmo and Astrid Gynnild
Deborah G. Johnson
Part III: Production and Design
David O. Dowling
Ilona Ilvonen, Joel Vanhalakka and Nina Helander
Chelsea Kelling, Heli Väätäjä, Otto Kauhanen, Jussi Karhu, Markku Turunen, Vesa Lindqvist, and Pasi Ikonen
Jonne Arjoranta, Raine Koskimaa and Marko Siitonen
Pasi Ikonen and Turo Uskali
Part IV: Education
Turo Uskali and Pasi Ikonen
Lars Nyre and Joakim Vindenes
Turo Uskali, Astrid Gynnild, Esa Sirkkunen, and Sarah Jones
The editors of this book suggest that immersive journalism is expanding internationally and providing various new approaches to communicating news stories and attracting audiences. The book defines immersive journalism as the use of technologies, such as the 360 camera, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality, and similar techniques, to tell news stories. Most of these immersive journalism tools are the result of recent advances in mobile phone cameras and audio and video technologies. The book includes 16 chapters from 19 contributors who provide examples of how immersive journalism is practiced and analyze the implications of immersive tools for journalism ethics and international mass communication education. One chapter supplies a helpful survey of VR users and suggests that VR practitioners should focus on nurturing viewers' emotional ties to the subject matter. The book is a good companion to David O. Dowling's Immersive Longform Storytelling: Media, Technology, Audience (2019). The editors provide references at the ends of chapters and an index. Recommended for higher-education journalism and mass communication programs.
--R. A. Logan, emeritus, University of Missouri--Columbia