It is no secret that many individuals feel that journalism is dead; immersive journalism can be used as a way to help revitalize how we get our news and how we learn about happenings in our world.
Immersive journalism is defined by mitpressjournals.org as “the production of news in a form in which people can gain first-person experiences of the events or situation described in news stories.” Immersive journalism tells stories by literally putting you in the location of the event, whether it be through your phone, computer, or other technological devices, and providing you with a simulated perspective of what it would be like to be at the location of said events. The New York Times recently rolled out cardboard glasses that can hold a smartphone in them to enhance the experience even further.
How it works is fairly simple, you can either visit a newspaper’s website or download a mobile application from your application provider and view stories from within your preferred platform. Specifically, the application “VR Stories by USA TODAY” uses virtual reality and 360° video technology to give the viewer the perspective of a witness to the event that is happening. The most interesting aspect of this technology is that when a person moves their phone in any direction, the view of the camera corresponds exactly like a set of eyes.
This form of journalism has helped people make situations and happenings real for them. According to a 2015 article on alphr.com, it helps create a sense of empathy that resonates with consumers because it lets them experience stories in a different way than just reading it. It has covered events such as the 2017 solar eclipse from the area of totality, the demolition of the Georgia Dome, and even Michigan’s “Magic Hour” to name a few.
One issue that is an apparent roadblock to the concept of immersive journalism is the lack of technology, ideas can only go so far before the issue of available technology comes into play. One thing that professionals are concerned about is the ethical issues that arise. Wartime reporting is a staple in journalism and adding a virtual reality component to that will more than likely create traumatic experiences for consumers, possibly resulting in a decrease in consumption. The soldiers themselves have been affected by these wartime experiences, who’s to say that someone will not be affected the same way? Even if it is through virtual reality.
The future possibilities of where immersive journalism could go are numerous. With technological advancements being made every day, who knows where they can take it? Things such as hologram technology could possibly play a role in immersive journalism, as a step up from virtual reality.
What do you think about this subject? Would you actually want to see this elaborated more? Read more on the subject here: http://www.alphr.com/virtual-reality/1001008/immersive-journalism-the-future-of-reporting-or-an-ethical-minefield