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Monday, March 16 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual Reality Journalism

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While the potential for virtual reality has long been theorized, the launch of the developer kit for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has brought the technology into the mainstream. While most of the content development to date has occurred in the fields of gaming and film there is tremendous potential to use virtual reality for a new form of journalism - immersing users in events that they would otherwise not have access to - war, hardship, far away places. Highlighting the multiple immersive journalism projects built by de la Peña and exploring the virtual reality journalism projects of the Tow Center, Vice News and the Secret Location, this panel will bring together leading technologists, academics, and journalists at the cutting edge of this new field to ask whether virtual reality can effect how users empathize with and better understand international events.

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James Milward

Founder/Exec Producer, Secret Location
James Milward is the founder of the Emmy® Award-winning interactive agency, Secret Location, and a frequent speaker at international conferences around the world. An entrepreneur as well as a producer, James has developed and built several original concepts into successful IP and... Read More →
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Jason Mojica

Editor-in-Chief, VICE News
Jason Mojica, Editor-in-Chief of VICE News
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Taylor Owen

Professor, Columbia School of Journalism
Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. He was previously the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he designed... Read More →
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Nonny de la Peña

CEO, Emblematic Group
Nonny de la Peña was named One of the 13 People Who Made the World More Creative by Fast Company for pioneering immersive journalism and changing the way people experience nonfiction narratives. Using cutting edge virtual reality technology, she immerses viewers in documentary stories... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 1 208 Barton Springs Rd

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