RJI announces 2018-19 class of fellows

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute has awarded nine fellowships for the 2018–19 academic year that address ways to reach underserved audiences, improve the quality and reach of video and data-driven stories, coordinate the coverage of breaking news and help high school students identify reliable sources of news and information.

Immersive Storytelling: Ruthy Chapman

Ruthy Chapman is a Columbia, Missouri, resident who had to adjust her commute after her city bus line was cut in 2017. Instead of catching a regular bus connection each day, she has to call in advance for a van shuttle to pick her up at her old bus stop to get her to work.

FL#200: Experimenting with interactive VR at Crossover

A group of filmmakers at Crossover is pushing the boundaries of immersive documentary storytelling by incorporating technologies like facial recognition into a virtual reality experience. Mark Atkin, a director of Crossover, tells us about the projects and explains how this kind of work might change viewers’ minds and behaviors. Reporting by Lindsey Miller, Rachel Wise … Continued

FL#185: 360-degree VR video from The Wall Street Journal

360 VR video from The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal has been telling stories using immersive 360 video within its recently launched VR app on the Google Daydream platform. Jarrard Cole, an executive producer in video at The Wall Street Journal, explains how this interactivity helps keep viewers engaged. Reporting by Reuben Stern, … Continued

FL#184: Wall Street Journal’s Daydream VR app

Experiencing the WSJ inside a virtual 3-D environment The Wall Street Journal recently launched a VR app that allows users to experience the Journal in immersive 3-D in Google’s Daydream platform. The app is one of the first to deliver news and live market data inside a virtual 3-D environment. We speak with Himesh Patel, … Continued