Back to Fukushima: Perceptions and effects of an immersive journalism story

Julkaisun otsikon käännös: Takaisin Fukushimaan: Käsityksiä ja vaikutuksia immersiivisestä journalismista

Jorge Vázquez-Herrero, Esa Sirkkunen

Tutkimustuotos: ArtikkeliScientificvertaisarvioitu

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News media organizations have been experimenting with immersive journalism formats in recent years. The search for
new ways to tell stories is driven by technology and has given rise to new –and not so new– forms of expression. The initial enthusiasm has dissipated over the years, so the uncertainty of the future of immersive journalism justifies the study
of the most potential ways of using this technology in journalism. This research was carried out in Finland and Spain, and
it is based on a textual narrative analysis and a reception study comparing the online article and 360º video versions of
the report Fukushima: Contaminated Lives from El país. The results identify the affordances of both formats and confirm
that immersive journalism has the capacity to generate a greater emotional effect based on a greater perception of presence, realism and involvement, also having a positive impact on increasing interest and changing opinions on related
topics. The narration of online article seems to work better only if there is large amount of information that has to be understood and contextualized. However, authors claim that, instead of an essential break, there are similarities between
both formats, which are situated on the same continuum of emotionality and rationality. These findings also indicate
that immersive storytelling can be an important part of the emotional or affective turn in contemporary journalism. The
sensation of presence and empathy towards distant and complex realities emerge as the main distinguishing values of
the kind of immersive journalism that Fukushima: Contaminated lives represents.
Julkaisun otsikon käännösTakaisin Fukushimaan: Käsityksiä ja vaikutuksia immersiivisestä journalismista
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TilaJulkaistu - 9 helmik. 2022
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