by Gina Marcello
Over the past few months I’ve been exploring how 360, virtual reality, and augmented communication technologies can be incorporated into the journalism and media production courses I teach at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. While not every communication tool is appropriate to tell every story, the newer technologies offer promise. Most virtual, augmented, and 360 experiences are currently associated with gaming, but this is quickly changing. Journalists and newsrooms are exploring ways to use the technology to share immersive stories. The New York Times now produces one 360 news story a day and other major news outlets are following suite including the Washington Post and USA Today.
Scientific research in the field is scant but quickly growing as more people adopt and experiment. Those who research VR and augmented technologies believe these types of immersive experiences can create empathy in the viewer and provide a sense of presence not possible with traditional storytelling techniques. Continue reading “Augmented Reality to Boost local Economy in Italian Village”