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Virtual Reality

Course Details

Virtual reality is revelatory in the way it changes reporting and journalism by putting the viewer in your subject’s shoes, potentially creating empathy and changing the point of view of both journalist and viewer. News organizations cannot get enough (see the Daily 360 from the NYTimes) and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is convinced that VR is the next big thing.

In this new 15-week-class, we’ll examine successful journalistic VR projects, brainstorm and pitch a few class projects and create and stitch several 360 immersive video stories. We’ll talk about using 360 video in web VR, work in spatial 360 audio and dive deeper into editing and post production for 360 Video. We’ll also look at how VR/360 video and Augmented (AR) reality can work together. We’ll also hear from guest speakers working in 360 journalism.

By the end of the class students will have completed projects that show their ability to conceive and identify stories that will work in VR and then capture and edit those 360 stories

Be a part of a visual language that has seen the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Gannett, BBC, Fusion, CNN, ABC, Vice, Hearst and many more media companies leaping to produce VR content, devoting resources and especially hiring staff to speak VR.

Recent Professor: Bob Sacha

(Video: Student work by Píter Ortega and Maite H. Mateo)