Journalism in Virtual Reality: Opportunities and Future Research Challenges

Esa Sirkkunen, Heli Väätäjä, Turo Uskali, Parisa Pour Rezaei

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    This paper presents a state-of-the-art overview of journalism and its opportunities and challenges in virtual reality (VR). First, we examine what kind of real-life journalistic experiments have been made in this field thus far, and then we analyze the research literature on journalistic VR. We discuss the emergence of virtual reality and immersive journalism explored in the latest reports in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and VR design. To analyze VR journalism further, we develop an early draft of an analysis model based on sample of three VR productions and four VR applications. We conclude by discussing the results of the analysis and outline a more advanced and interdisciplinary research approach for studying and designing journalistic VR productions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademic Mindtrek '16: Proceedings of the 20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4367-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Duration: 1 Jan 2018 → …


    Period1/01/18 → …


    • AR, HCI, MR, VR, VR journalism, augmented reality, immersive journalism, innovation journalism, journalism, mixed reality, virtual reality
    • HCI
    • VR
    • VR journalism
    • augmented reality AR
    • immersive journalism
    • innovation journalism
    • journalism
    • mixed reality MR
    • virtual reality

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1


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