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What are the prospects of immersive journalism?

How will news stories be told with new technologies such as 360 degree video, virtual reality and augmented reality? What are the opportunities for new, groundbreaking stories, and what ethical issues are put into in flux? That is amongst the questions asked by researchers at the University of Bergen in new book by Routledge.

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Hedvig Idås

In the new book  Immersive Journalism as Storytelling: Ethics, Production and Design  21 international researchers provide new insights into an increasingly complex innovative field which might get its final breakthrough after the corona crisis. The book is released by Routledge and is the first comprehensive collection of the promises and perils of immersive technology adaption in journalism. Since virtual reality approaches are spreading in disciplines such as education, medicine and art, journalist competencies in covering new technology trends in society are challenged as well. 

The book springs out of the ViSmedia project at the Department of information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, and the VIRJOX project at the Universities of Tampere and Juväskylä in Finland. It is edited by Turo Uskali (Finland), Astrid Gynnild (Norge), Sarah Jones (England) og Esa Sirkkunen (Finland). Moreover, the UiB researchers Lars Nyre, Joakim Vindenes, Siri Flatlandsmo og Deborah G. Johnson contribute with chapters spanning from educational experiments with immersive technologies as well as issues of accountability, transparency and manipulation.

The book is written for students, researchers, media professionals, educators and others with an interest in emerging technologies in the news media.