From Virtual Reality to Immersive Journalism

How to implement a VR studio within your newsroom

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 took journalists on a tour to learn how virtual reality and immersive technologies can be implemented in newsrooms, 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 met 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 explained why immersive journalism is such a powerful tool for news and helps to attract a young and engaged audience.

We also met 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 ended 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 focused on practical implementation of VR within your newsroom, and it introduced journalists to the people at the forefront of these technologies to help them understand how news media can take advantage of these innovations for their content.

We tried 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!


Schedule overview     

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 


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 ends 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 was 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 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.


For registration, questions or comments, please contact:

Jean-Yves Chainon, Head Producer, Virtual Reality & 360 Video Producer jychainon@globaleditorsnetwork.org
FR: +33 6 13 05 43 72 / US tel: +1 808 724 6037

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