Los Angeles & Denver, 11-17 September 2016
From Virtual Reality to Immersive Journalism
How to implement a VR studio within your newsroom
The Global Editors Network will take you on a tour to learn how virtual reality and immersive technologies can be implemented in your newsroom, as well as how to deliver news in these innovative formats, and create more engagement and a deeper emotional connection with your audience.
Immersive journalism brings a wealth of possibilities, and we'll be meeting experts in the field to learn from their best practices in regards to VR storytelling, including established media like the Los Angeles Times and new media such as The Huffington Post’s RYOT. Their editors will explain why immersive journalism is such a powerful tool for news and helps to attract a young and engaged audience.
We'll also be meeting with the technology leaders driving the VR revolution, including Samsung and the Samsung Gear VR, and YouTube and its VR Lab, so that you understand the differences between the headsets and how users will consume their news.
The tour will end with a visit to Denver for the Online News Association's annual conference, where you can meet with other industry leaders and discuss your newfound expertise in VR and immersive journalism.
In 2015, VR, immersive journalism and 360 video became part of the conversation for mainstream news and journalism. In 2016, it will become part of most households, whether through mobile VR or with a dedicated headset.
This study tour will be focused on practical implementation of VR within your newsroom, and it will introduce you to the people at the forefront of these technologies to help you understand how news media can take advantage of these innovations for their content.
We will be trying different headsets, meeting hardware and software manufacturers, as well as those creating and distributing different types of VR content.
Be prepared for the next news revolution that's just around the corner!
Sunday 11 September - Arrival and welcome dinner, Los Angeles
Monday 12 September - LA Times, USC Annenberg School of Journalism, Emblematic
Tuesday 13 September - Jaunt, Blippar, Ryot
Wednesday 14 September - 8i, Samsung, Virtually Live
Thursday 15 September - YouTube, flight to Denver, ONA recpetion
Friday 16 September - Working breakfast, ONA conference
Saturday 17 September - Working breakfast, ONA conference, flights back
All presentations and discussions will be held in English.
What is included in the fee?Participants should ideally arrive on the afternoon of Sunday 11 September, in Los Angeles. The study tour will end on Saturday 17 September, in the afternoon, in Denver.
The fee covers all expenses from the Sunday dinner to the Saturday lunch. This includes four-star accommodation, meals, transportation, and a flight from Los Angeles to Denver on Thursday 15 September.
The fee also includes a ticket to the Online News Association (ONA) conference. The event is from Thursday 15 September to Saturday 17 September. You have the possibility of attending all the sessions and discussion panels.
(The flight to Los Angeles and the return flight from Denver are not included.)
How much does it cost?
Cancelation policy: GEN will reimburse 50 percent of the fee if a participant cancels three weeks before the study tour. Any participant can be replaced by another member of the same media group.
Who should attend?
The study tour can welcome up to 15 participants. The study tour is geared toward editors-in-chief and group editors, senior news executives and top managers who want to understand how media organisations can take advantage of new devices in the fields of virtual reality, augmented reality and new immersive storytelling methods – from a content and business perspective.
Some of the companies visited will present sensitive or private material that is not meant to be shared publicly.