“Immersive storytelling” is more than just a buzzword. Everyday, we’re learning about more ways to experience content, create new ways to see the world, and use newer resources to bring stories to light. In the past few months alone, this blog has covered a wide range of topics, from tech basics like understanding spatial audio and how to choose a 360 camera to innovative projects like Emblematic’s “Out of Exile” at Sundance and the AP’s first foray into animated VR. Building on this work, the Knight Foundation, Google News Lab, and ONA today announced a new grant program allocating $250,000 in funding to further explore these concepts.
I’m excited to join this community as Program Director of Journalism 360. As a producer, writer, and editor based in Los Angeles, I’ve worked with a number of media organizations, including PBS and NPR, NBC Sports, and Entertainment Weekly.
In my new role, I’ll be planning events and panels around immersive content and creating a larger curriculum to help educate and empower creators, both within the grant project and beyond. We’ll be sharing new ways to get involved in the immersive journalism community and much of it will be based on your feedback, so I want to hear from you!
As mentioned, our Journalism 360 Challenge opens for applications today, seeking ideas that will advance the collective understanding of how new forms of — and approaches to — immersive storytelling, including narratives, ethics and production, can meet the changing information needs of communities and individuals.
The challenge will help fulfill our mission of developing a global network of journalists to explore and share knowledge about their work using immersive storytelling. We’re looking for early-stage projects that address the question: How might we experiment with these new platforms to advance the field of journalism?
- * The challenge offers up to $35,000 in funding to test, refine and build out a project.
- * The challenge opens on March 8 at 12:01am ET and closes April 10 at 11:59pm ET.
- * Anyone can submit an idea during the open period at: knightfoundation.org/j360.
I’m also excited to announce some incredible experts from across the VR world serving as our board of advisors listed below. They represent both media organizations and technology companies; museums and academic institutions. Our ambassadors will lead training sessions, speak on panels, and generally be a resource for the community on immersive storytelling. Be on the lookout for them at events and learning opportunities in the months to come!