In search of new horizons: 360-video in education

How can 360 technology contribute to journalism? The immersive journalism is considered to revolutionize the journalistic narrative. Media giants around the world such as CNN, The New York Times and The Guardian have started producing content that can be experienced through VR glasses.

This is one of the issues discussed in the autumn issue of the journal Nordicom Information, released in early December 2017. The theme of the issue is Video (culture).

Nordic journalist educations are up to date with this development and have carried out their own experiments. The Norweigan researchers Tormod Utne, Ana Sánchez Laws and Bjørnar Sævik at Högskolan i Volda have researched the audience’s emotional response to the experience of Viritual Reality and translated ideas into practice in some of their courses. They have written about their experiences in the latest issue of Nordicom Information. In addition, they have made their own video  where they tell us how it all went:

 

 

At Stockholm University, journalist teacher Jesper Huor received financial support for course development and started a journalism course where the students went to different parts of the world with a 360 camera and developed an app. It became immersive reports about Roller Derby in Beirut, Lebanon, and children living in the slums of Accra, Ghana and in Mozambique.

But it was no easy start. The journalist students turned out to be far from early-adopters and no-one had previous technical and practical experience with the new technology.

 

Read the article in Nordicom Information 39:2: På søken etter nye horisonter: nordisk journalist- og medieutdanning eksperimentetrer med 360-graders video by Tormod Utne & Ana Sánchez Laws & Jesper Huor

Read the full issue of Nordicom Information 39 (2) 2017 Video (Culture) editors Maarit Jaakkola and Balder Holm