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Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First Person Experience of News

Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First Person Experience of News
By
Nonny de la Peña, Peggy Weil, Joan Llobera, Elias Giannopoulos, Ausiàs Pomés,
Bernhard Spanlang, Doron Friedman, Maria V. Sanchez‐Vives, and Mel Slater
Abstract
This paper introduces the concept, and discusses the implications of Immersive
Journalism, that is the production of news in a form in which people can gain first

-person experiences of the events or situation described in news stories. The

fundamental idea of Immersive Journalism is to allow the participant, typically
represented as a digital avatar, to actually enter a virtually recreated scenario
representing the news story. The sense of presence obtained through an immersive
system (whether a Cave, head – tracked head – mounted displays (HMD) and online
virtual worlds, such as video games and online virtual worlds) affords the participant
unprecedented access to the sights and sounds, and possibly feelings and emotions
that accompany the news. The paper surveys current approaches to interactive
journalism, theoretical background supporting claims regarding avatar experience in
immersive systems, and describes a specific demonstration: giving participants the
experience of being in an interrogation room in an offshore prison.
Introduction
In this paper we introduce the concept of ‘immersive journalism’, that is the
production of news in a form in which people can gain first person experiences of the
events or situation described in news stories. Generally, well – crafted journalism elicits
a connection between the audience and the news story. Creating that connection via
different kinds of ‘immersion’ has long been considered an exemplary goal.
Describing her reporting during World War II, reporter Martha Gellhorn (Gellhorn
1994) called it ‘The view from the ground’.
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The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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