From Virtual Reality to Immersive Journalism

How to implement a VR studio within your newsroom

 Los Angeles & Denver, 11–17 September 2016


Sunday 11 September

Morning and afternoon - Arrival at Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Hôtel Crescent LA
403 North Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA 90210, USA
Phone: +13102470505

6:30pm - Meeting in hotel lobby

7:00pm - Welcome dinner
Meet fellow participants and discuss the study tour. 
Location: hotel

Monday 12 September

7:40am - Breakfast
Location: hotel

8:10am - Shuttle
Location: hotel lobby

9:00am - Radiant ImagesMichael Mansouri, CEO
You will get to see and play around with a variety of VR camera equipment and 360 video rigs to better understand the hardware and cameras required for 360 video and virtual reality, including live-stitching and livestreaming 360, and to learn about the upcoming evolutions in these technologies.
Location: 2702 Media Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065

11:00am - Los Angeles Times, Len DeGroot, director of Data Visualization, and Armand Emamdjomeh, deputy director of Data Visualization
The venerable newspaper of reference of Los Angeles has been experimenting with new storytelling tools and visual journalism, and will share how its approach is evolving with the upcoming revolution in virtual reality and immersive journalism. 
Location: 202 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

12:30pm - Working lunch 
Location: USC Annenberg School of Journalism

1:30pm - Robert Hernandez, USC School of Annenberg professor of Journalism, and Colin Maclay, head of the Annenberg Innovation Lab
Dive into the future of virtual reality and wearables for news with Robert Hernandez, an ONA Board Member and USC School of Annenberg Professor of Journalism who has been teaching the new generation of journalists how to use these tools. Featuring demos with the Oculus Rift.
Location: USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90007

4:30pm - Emblematic Group, Nonny de la Peña, CEO
"The Godmother of VR"​ by Engadget and "One of the People Who Made the World More Creative"​ by Fast Company.Developing immersive journalism pieces, which use virtual reality to put you on scene as news and nonfiction stories unfold. She will also tell us how Emblematic Group is addressing monetization issues early on by creating native advertising to support this immersive journalism. Featuring demos with the HTC Vive.
Location: 1947 Euclid Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

6:00pm - Shuttle back to Beverly Hills Rodeo drive for dinner

7:00pm - Working Dinner with Nick Bicanic, director and founder of RVLVR
Nick will talk about storytelling and how to implement new workflows in 360-degree video and VR.
Location: 208 Rodeo Restaurant, 208 Via Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tuesday 13 September

8:00am - (TBC) Working breakfast with In-Real Entertainment, Alex Frisch, CEO
Why cross the frontier from traditional broadcast or film into live 360 video and cinematic VR? With a background in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, In-Real will take you through the editorial choices and equipment and workflow, whether live-streaming 360 at an event or recording for a television show.
Location: hotel

9:00am - Shuttle
Location: hotel lobby

10:00am - Jaunt VR Studios (New Speakers to be announced.)
Jaunt VR have run projects with Elle magazine, Yahoo! and others. Ringier and Axel Springer both see opportunities and have invested accordingly, as well as Disney.
Location: 1710 12th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

11:45am - HTML Fusion - a visit to their Mixed Reality Lab
HTML Fusion enhances the way people interact with machines to work, learn, play and socialize through mixed-reality experiences. We will visit their lab and have demos using Microsoft’s Hololens.
Location: Next Space, 9415 Culver City, Culver City, CA 90232 

1:00pm - Working lunch with Blippar
A talk with Ryan Schmaltz, EVP of Product & Platforms.
While many news organizations are just beginning to focus on VR and immersive journalism, Blippar is already leading the way in developing applications with full-fledged augmented reality. Come get a glimpse of the editorial future of journalism and storytelling using these cutting edge tools.
Location: Cross Campus, 929 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

3:00pm - Ryot, Alexander Seedman, chief of staff
Since 2012, Ryot has made a big splash and a name for itself with its emphasis on immersive forms of journalism and storytelling with 360 video and VR. And sure enough, Ryot was recently purchased by The Huffington Post with the aim to aid the HuffPo’s foray into VR news. Ryot’s work has resulted in numerous awards, including a 2016 Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short.
Location: 12523 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

5:00pm - AIO Robotics, Jen Windau, CEO
AIO Robotics is a Los Angeles, California-based company that produces 3D printer and 3D scanner technology.
Location: 12400 Wilshire Blvd #1480, Los Angeles, CA 90025

6:15pm - m ss ng p eces ("missing pieces")
A full-service, integrated production company that creates commercials and content for television, online, mobile, virtual reality and live experience.
Location: 11751 Mississippi Ave. Suite 130, Los Angeles, CA 90025

7:15pm - Shuttle back to hotel

7:30pm - (TBC) Working dinner with Nokia
Location: hotel

Wednesday 14 September

8:00am - Breakfast
Location: hotel

9:00am - Shuttle
Location: hotel lobby

10:00am - 8i, Steve Raymond, president of 8i Studios
Discover the next frontier in terms of photorealistic virtual reality experiences. For a long time content creators and developers had to choose between 360 video, which has high image fidelity but lacks freedom of movement, and developing 3D virtual worlds, which typically lack that degree of realism. Come in 8i and volumetric video, which is paving the way for the combination of both worlds.
Location: 9336 West Washington Boulevard, Building O, Culver City, CA 90232

12:00pm - Working lunch with Andreas Hofmann, Sr. Director Publishing Group, and Paul Kim, VR Lead, Samsung
Samsung has launched a new edition of the Samsung Gear VR, along with wearable products, and its directors will join us for lunch and we’ll talk to him about the future of Samsung products in this space.
Location: Samsung Playa Vista
12130 Milliennium Dr., Ste 100 A-E, Los Angeles, CA, USA

3:00pm - Skype with Simon Rogers, Data Editor at GoogleNews Lab
Simon will discuss the evolution of the VR landscape and its share from Google’s perspective, along with thoughts about how and where VR and data journalism can come together.
Location: Cross Campus, 929 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

4:00am - Virtually Live, Will Winston, media manager
Virtually Live signifies a new age in global media; a patented interactive media that sits between attending a live event and watching it on TV; a new form of content, realizable on any device.  It enables everyone to experience the magic of attending live sports and events, no matter where they are.
Location: Cross Campus, 929 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

5:30pm - Demos
End with some fun demos with a visit to Ctrl.me with Adam Gibson to learn more about the use, and potential, of drones in VR including live demos.
Location: 606 Venice Blvd, Suite E, Venice, CA 90291, USA 

6:30pm - (optional) Shuttle to hotel, then dinner or enjoy your last evening in Venice and Los Angeles!

Thursday 15 September

8:00am - Working breakfast
Location: hotel

9:00am - Shuttle with luggage
Location: hotel lobby

10:00am - Alvaro Paes de Barros, head of YouTube Space LA and its new VR Lab, Los Angeles
YouTube is setting up a VR hub in LA. This will take us on a guided tour of the hub and explain what YouTube’s plans are in this area. This will help you plan how to take your YouTube channel to the next level, ahead of the competition. You’ll meet with VR specialists and also visit film production sets specifically designed for 360 video and virtual reality.
Location: 12422 West Bluff Creek Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094

11:30am - Shuttle to LAX, lunch at airport

2:05pm - UA314 - Flight from LAX to Denver (2h20min)

5:22pm - Arrival at Denver airport

5:45pm - Taxi to hotel

6:00pm - Hotel check-in
Courtyard by Marriott Denver Stapleton7415 E 41st Ave, Denver, CO 80216

6:00pm-8:00pm - (optional) 15 min taxi to ONA Conference Reception
Networking and Appetizers / Dinner

8:00pm - Return to hotel

Friday 16 September

8am - Working Breakfast: Sarah Hill, Chief Storyteller at StoryUp™
StoryUP™ is an independent, VR native media company that combines story with immersive media to inspire people to step inside stories. A group of journalists and digital creatives with a social purpose, we believe story is a verb that can provide hope, affect change and influence mindfulness.
Location: Hotel

9:15am - Taxi to ONA conference 

ONA Conference Suggestions:

  • 11:30am-12:30pm - Knight Foundation: Inside the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab and MIT’s Electome [Sponsored]
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm - Facebook: Live Video for News [Sponsored]
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm - VR Technical Workshop: Introduction to Unity
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm - Quick Guide to Your Basic 360 / VR Toolkit 
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm - [RSVP Required] International Reception

Return to hotel.

Saturday 17 September

8:00am - (TBC) Working Breakfast with AJ+
In just a few short years, the San Francisco-based social media news outlet has shown that it’s possible to create content that consists of both quality reporting and creates audience engagement. Through a clever mix of editorial and design choices, AJ+ has managed to become one of the world’s most popular news brands on Facebook.
Location: hotel

9:00am - Taxi to ONA conference

ONA Conference Suggestions:

  • 10:00am-1:00am - VR Technical Town Hall
  • 11:30am-12:30am - Journalistic Standards in a Virtual World 
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm - Keynote - reported.ly: The Story of Digital Media

Taxi to Denver airport - Flights back to Europe.

Optional: ONA Gala Dinner (not included in GEN VR Study Tour)

For registration, questions or comments, please contact:

Jean Yves Chainon

GEN Head Producer, Virtual Reality & 360 Video Producer


FR: +33 6 13 05 43 72 
US: +1 808 724 6037

 Bertrand Pecquerie

CEO, Global Editors Network
FR: +33 1 53 01 98 82 

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