2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Virtual Reality Journalism

Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Hyatt Regency Austin
Zilker Ballroom 1
208 Barton Springs Rd

While the potential for virtual reality has long been theorized, the launch of the developer kit for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has brought the technology into the mainstream. While most of the content development to date has occurred in the fields of gaming and film there is tremendous potential to use virtual reality for a new form of journalism - immersing users in events that they would otherwise not have access to - war, hardship, far away places. Highlighting the multiple immersive journalism projects built by de la Peña and exploring the virtual reality journalism projects of the Tow Center, Vice News and the Secret Location, this panel will bring together leading technologists, academics, and journalists at the cutting edge of this new field to ask whether virtual reality can effect how users empathize with and better understand international events.


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James Milward

Founder/Exec Producer

Secret Location

James Milward is the founder of the Emmy® Award-winning interactive agency, Secret Location, and a frequent speaker at international conferences around the world. An entrepreneur as well as a produ...

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Jason Mojica



Jason Mojica is the Editor-In-Chief of Vice News. He was previously a Producer at Al Jazeera English, Founder and Editor of The Modernist, Founder of 77 International and has produced numerous feature documentaries.

Nonny de la Peña


Emblematic Group

Called “One of the 13 People Who Made the World More Creative” by FastCompany’s Cocreate, Nonny is an Annenberg Fellow doctoral candidate in the Interdivisional Media Arts Program at the USC’s Scho...

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Taylor Owen


Columbia School of Journalism

Dr. Taylor Owen is the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at UBC. He is the Founding Edit...

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