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Journalism 360 x SXSW

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Alina Mikhaleva showing SXSW attendees a VR project at the 2017 festival.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we launched the inaugural Journalism 360 Challenge at SXSW 2017. We’re back in Austin this year and from March 10 to March 15, we’ll be sharing insights from the Journalism 360 program and connecting with immersive storytelling enthusiasts.

To help you plan ahead, we’ve created a handy public Google calendar that captures the VR/AR journalism panels during the festival. Also, there will be a very informal meetup for Journalism 360 friends at the Four Seasons hotel lobby lounge on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Beyond the panels, several projects featured at the Virtual Cinema explore the use of VR in new ways. “Greenland Melting,” from “Frontline”/PBS and Emblematic, will be there for its North American debut as well as RYOT’s “Dinner Party”; “The Sun Ladies,” a piece about a female fighting unit in Iraq; Jessica Brillhart’s new project, “Beethoven’s Fifth”; and “Spheres,” which premiered at Sundance and was purchased for a record $1.7 million.

You will need a Platinum or Film Badge to check these out and can request an SXXpress Pass via the SXSW GO app ahead of time.

If you’re attending SXSW, come say hi! From the ONA team, Laura Hertzfeld, J360 program director; Trevor Knoblich, head of programs and events; and Jennifer Mizgata, director of programs, will be there along with several J360 ambassadors and winners of the Journalism 360 Challenge Awards.

A few SXSW events we’re excited about:

The Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. VIII.

March 10, 6–9 p.m. | Shiners Saloon

Join us for a big celebration with the journalism community at this annual party! Get there early; it fills up quickly!

Reality But Better: Augmenting the World With News

March 12, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon FG

Speakers: Erica Anderson, Jeremy Gilbert, Steven King, Steve Raymond

J360 Immersive Storytelling Meetup

March 13, 5–7 p.m. | Four Seasons Lobby Lounge

This informal meetup is for J360 ambassadors, grantees and friends. Send a note to j360@journalists.org if you plan to attend.

Bringing VR/AR to People Through Immersive News

March 14, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon H

Speakers: Charlie Fink, Sarah Hill, Joey Marburger, Ray Soto

Ethics in VR/AR Journalism

March 14, 2–3 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon H

Speakers: Carla Borras, Jean Yves Chainon, Laura Hertzfeld, Lakshmi Sarah

VR in Journalism: The Next Wave

March 15, 12:30–1:30 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon 1–2

Speakers: Arnaud Colinart, Marcelle Hopkins, Jessica Lauretti, Francesca Panetta

How Volumetric Humans Impact Storytelling in VR/AR

March 15, 12:30–1:30 p.m. | JW Marriott Salon 3–4

Speakers: Cedric Gamelin, Peter Martin, Ben Stein, Steve Sullivan


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