Investigating realities: Approaches to reporting, production, and development with VR

  • Event: 2016 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Trey Bundy of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Lakshmi Sarah of Immersed in Journalism; Robert Hernandez of University of Southern California - Annenberg; Stephan Gensch of VRagments
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 16 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Salon F-H
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Robert Hernandez, University of Southern California - Annenberg

As 360° video and VR settles into being an essential platform for journalism, a number of critical questions emerge to challenge reporters and newsrooms. Especially when the promise of deeper empathy collides with the risks of voyeurism as audiences explore subjects and sources in ways never contemplated by the 2D Web. This session will explore the technical and editorial opportunities and implications of the technology. Panelists include reporters, technologists and designers working at the front edge of this important new space.

Speaker Bios

  • Trey Bundy covers youth for Reveal + the Center for Investigative Reporting. After beginning his career at the San Francisco Chronicle, he joined the Bay Citizen, where he covered child welfare, juvenile justice, education and crime. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the PBS NewsHour, the Huffington Post and other outlets. He was nominated for a national Emmy in 2015. In 2009, he won the national Hearst Journalism Award for article of the year.

  • Stephan is a Berlin based software developer and co-founder of VRagments. As Head of Product Development, he directs development of the Virtual Reality platform Fader. He also leads project development of individual VR experiences for customers, balancing concept, design and coding. Current project are based on Unity3D and WebVR, with a strong focus on journalism. Stephan further creates visions to utilize Virtual Reality for smart cities.

  • Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic.” His most recent work includes Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality, in which he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: Jovrnalism. He serves on the Online News Association board and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

  • Born and raised in California, Lakshmi is an educator and journalist with a focus on South Asia, gender, race and the arts. Over the past few years, she has worked with newspapers, radio and magazines from Botswana to Los Angeles. She has written and produced for Mic, Global Voices, Al Jazeera English, AJ+, Fusion and KQED Arts. Lakshmi is a graduate of Pitzer College and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. @lakitalki

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