Google Launches Immersive News Initiative

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Google Launches Immersive News Initiative
September 16, 2016

Google News LabKnight Foundation and The Online News Association have joined their forces to help newsrooms experiment with immersive storytelling. The project, called Journalism 360, will use a fund of $500,000 to give award grants ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 for innovative projects.
 
Journalism 360 will also organize workshops, webinars and prepare online resources to support a network of journalists using 360 video, augmented and virtual reality for storytelling. The grants will be awarded in 2017 and details will be announced later this year.
 
We’ve heard from journalists around the globe that there is a huge need for this type of knowledge sharing” said Erica Anderson, partnerships manager, Google News Lab.
 
Two immersive storytelling pioneers, Mitch Gelman, chief technology officer of the Newseum, and Sarah Hill, chief executive officer and chief storyteller of Story Up VR, will lead efforts for the online resource hub. “We created this effort to ensure that knowledge sharing is open and the community can come together to develop best practices and gain access to resources.” said Sarah Hill in a blog post.
 
“By supporting a network of journalists committed to experimenting in immersive storytelling and sharing what they have learned, we can determine how best to support the use of these emerging technology platforms for journalism,” said Jennifer Preston, vice president for journalism at Knight Foundation.
 
Knight Foundation had published a report on virtual reality and journalism at the annual SXSW conference earlier this year.

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