Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality

How Experiential Media Are Transforming News

John V. Pavlik

Columbia University Press

Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality

Pub Date: September 2019

ISBN: 9780231184496

296 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: September 2019

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296 Pages

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Pub Date: September 2019

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296 Pages

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Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality

How Experiential Media Are Transforming News

John V. Pavlik

Columbia University Press

With the advent of the internet and handheld or wearable media systems that plunge the user into 360º video, augmented—or virtual reality—technology is changing how stories are told and created. In this book, John V. Pavlik argues that a new form of mediated communication has emerged: experiential news. Experiential media delivers not just news stories but also news experiences, in which the consumer engages news as a participant or virtual eyewitness in immersive, multisensory, and interactive narratives.

Pavlik describes and analyzes new tools and approaches that allow journalists to tell stories that go beyond text and image. He delves into developing forms such as virtual reality, haptic technologies, interactive documentaries, and drone media, presenting the principles of how to design and frame a story using these techniques. Pavlik warns that although experiential news can heighten user engagement and increase understanding, it may also fuel the transformation of fake news into artificial realities, and he discusses the standards of ethics and accuracy needed to build public trust in journalism in the age of virtual reality. Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality offers important lessons for practitioners seeking to produce quality experiential news and those interested in the ethical considerations that experiential media raise for journalism and the public.
Pavlik offers practical strategies for the understanding and use of virtual reality and augmented reality both as immersive technologies and tools for imaginative but factual journalism. Soundly grounded in universal journalistic principles and values, Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality confronts the benefits and challenges of this once-elusive technology now maturing and taking its place in the media ecosystem. A must-read for anyone tracking change in the world of media disarray and disruption. Everette E. Dennis, Northwestern University in Qatar
John V. Pavlik’s latest work provides a unique perspective on the evolution of journalism from the analogue to the digital. He suggests that the rise of experiential media may help mitigate the “internet echo chamber” represented through subjective media consumption often found through social media. Together with the rise of mobile broadband, the increased video and image resolution found on modern cellphones, and the variety of options available for consumer-level immersive gaming headsets, from Google Cardboard to the Oculus and HTC systems, Pavlik expertly guides the reader to an understanding of how experiential journalism may not only enhance but ultimately change the face of the field as we currently know it. Bryan W. Carter, University of Arizona
Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality demystifies the often complex technologies used to produce and distribute experiential media. Pavlik traces the evolution of these technologies in a clear and concise manner with extensive interview content from experts in each of the key areas explored. This book is very much a future-oriented text that builds on the foundations of telecommunication and information science history to insightfully predict how experiential technologies might evolve in the decades ahead. Pete Seel, Colorado State University
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Experiential Stories: Situating the Transformation of Journalism in Historical Context
2. Digital Design in Experiential News
3. The News User Experience: Immersive, Interactive, and Multisensory
4. Encoded Content
5. Interactive Documentaries
6. Drone Media and Beyond
7. Economic, Regulatory, and Other Contextual Factors
8. An Experiential News Parable
Notes
Index

About the Author

John V. Pavlik is professor of journalism and media studies in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Media in the Digital Age (Columbia, 2008) and Digital Technology and the Future of Broadcasting: Global Perspectives (2016).

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