Virtual Reality

Journalism has changed due, in part, to the convergence of digital technologies, the Internet, and mobile media. Virtual reality (VR), sometimes referred to as artificial reality, is one of the formats journalism uses that integrates these phenomena. VR is defined as a computer-generated, three-dimensional environment that is interactive and immersive. For journalism, VR has three variants:

  • Immersive journalism is a first-person experience of a news event using a VR headset, or other VR technology. In the virtual environment, a user’s body is represented digitally as an avatar, a 3D representation of themselves with a first-person view of the virtual environment. The avatar is situated in the scenario of the news story.
  • Another form of VR is called augmented reality (AR). For journalism, AR technology has two manifestations. ...
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