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VR for News: The New Reality?

6:30pm, Wednesday 10 May 2017

Virtual reality (VR) journalism has emerged from its experimental phase in the past three years to become an integrated part of many newsrooms. At the same time, technological advances have made the medium available to consumers, especially in the form of 360 videos watched on smartphones, sometimes supplemented by a cheap cardboard headset.But will consumers ever really use VR beyond gaming? Only if it is worth their while. So we are crucial point: the challenge is on to find good user cases for the technology in medicine, architecture, education – and journalism. Can media organisations overcome the content and technical challenges to make VR the new reality? Join us at the launch of a new report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism to hear from the author and a panel of industry experts. Timings 5:30pm- Registration (Please bring photographic ID) 6:00pm- Introduction by Zillah Watson 6:30pm- Panel discussion 7:05pm- Q&A 7:30pm- Drinks reception About the Author Zillah Watson has led the editorial development of virtual reality experimentation at the BBC, with a focus on news. A former current affairs producer and head of editorial standards for BBC Radio 4, she has worked in BBC Research & Development for the last four years to understand the future of content, data, and online curation. She was executive producer of ground-breaking 360 VR films including Inside the Large Hadron Collider 360, The Resistance of Honey, and Fire Rescue 360, all of which have been featured at international film festivals. She produced the first 360 BBC report from the Calais migrant camp in June 2015, and the first newsgathering 360 report with Matthew Price in the immediate aftermath of the Paris terror attacks in November 2016. She was executive producer of the award-winning interactive CGI VR productions The Turning Forest and We Wait. This report is published on April 25 by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism with the support of Google Digital News Initiative. The event is kindly hosted by the BBC. Register for your place here.