VR Study Tours

The best way to learn is to talk to those who have been through the experience.

Los Angeles & Denver, 11-17 September 2016

From Virtual Reality to Immersive Journalism

How to implement a VR studio within your newsroom  

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The Global Editors Network will take you on a tour to learn how virtual reality and immersive technologies can be implemented in your newsroom. Together we will explore how to generate engagement and build a deeper emotional connection with your audience through these new and innovative formats.

This study tour will be focused on practical implementation of virtual reality within your newsroom and will introduce you to the people at the forefront of these technologies. We will be trying different headsets, and meeting hardware and software manufacturers – particularly those who are creating and distributing different types of VR content.

We will meet virtual reality storytelling experts from the Los Angeles Times, Vice, and the newcomer Ryot, which was recently purchased by the Hufifngton Post. Their editors will explain and showcase how immersive journalism can attract and engage young audiences.

We will also be visiting the technology leaders that are driving the virtual reality wave and seeing their newest peripherals in action, such as Facebook’s Oculus Rift, and Samsung’s Gear VR.

The tour will end with a visit to the annual conference of the Online News Association in Denver, where you can meet industry leaders and experts from all over the United States to network, share ideas, and attend exhibits and hands-on demos. 

Schedule overview     

Sunday 11 September - Arrival and welcome dinner, Los Angeles 

Monday 12 September - LA TimesUSC Annenberg School of Journalism, Emblematic, Google

 Tuesday 13 September - Jaunt, Blippar, Ryot

Wednesday 14 September - YouTube, Samsung, 8i, GoPro, MiniEye

Thursday 15 September - HTML Fusion, In-Real Entertainment (LA), ONA conference reception (Denver) 

Friday 16 September - ONA conference

Saturday 17 September - ONA conference, flights back 

See full schedule.


Practical Information 

Working language

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? 

1. GEN Summit participants and former GEN study tour participants: €5,200 ($5,750)
2. First-time participants: €6,500 ($7,150)

Cancelation policyGEN 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. 



For registration, questions or comments, please contact:

Jean-Yves Chainon, Head Producer, Virtual Reality & 360 Video Producer jychainon@globaleditorsnetwork.org
US tel: +1 808 724 6037

Bertrand Pecquerie, GEN CEO bpecquerie@globaleditorsnetwork.org
FR Tel: + 33 9 67 73 06 97