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.
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...Show the rest
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 producer, James has developed and built several original concepts into successful IP and venture-funded businesses, including the mobile music discovery application, Herd.fm and FanViewr, a Facebook distribution platform for TV properties that extends and deepens the online experience for fans.
The company has won over 50 awards including a Digital Emmy® Award for “Endgame Interactive” and a Gemini Award (Canada’s equivalent to the Emmy®) for stormingjuno.ca. Other recognitions include multiple AToMiC, Creativity International, CASSIES and Marketing Awards as well as the shortlist for the Cannes Lion and multiple Webby Awards.Hide the rest
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
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...Show the rest
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 School of Cinematic Arts. She has been pioneering Immersive Journalism, a groundbreaking brand of nonfiction that offers fully immersive experiences of the news using virtual reality gaming platforms.
Combining her communication and technology skills with her lengthy career as a reporter, Nonny believes newsgames can deepen the understanding of complex stories. Her most recent project, Hunger in Los Angeles, creates the feeling of “being there” as a real crisis unfolds on a food-bank line at the First Unitarian Church. Hunger was called “one of the most talked-about” pieces at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was an integral part of the Midway at ONA’s 2012 conference.Hide the rest
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...Show the rest
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 Editor of the Canadian International Council’s international affairs platform OpenCanada.org, is the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Project, an international research project exploring the intersection of information technology and international affairs, and is the Research Director of the Munk Debates. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was Trudeau Scholar. He was previously a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, a Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo.Hide the rest