We are pleased to announce today Datavized Technologies is a winner of the 2018 Journalism360 Challenge! The challenge, which supports projects that seek to help develop and expand best practices in immersive journalism, including virtual, augmented and mixed reality, is a joint initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google News Initiative and Online News Association. Our project “Interdimensional Audio Editor”, led by Datavized CEO Hugh McGrory, is being funded a $20,000 grant. The Interdimensional Audio Editor is an intuitive tool that allows journalists to quickly and easily assemble and share sound to export as stereo (2D) for traditional use, such as in video storytelling, or as spatialized (3D) for virtual, augmented and mixed reality. We look forward to sharing our process and learnings as we develop this audio tool in the coming months. If you are not already signed up to our newsletter, sign up to stay in the know of our upcoming product releases, including opportunities to access tools in beta. Congratulations to all the winners! Find out more about the initiative and winners in the press release below.

Interdimensional Audio Editor, Datavized Technologies ($20,000)

Project lead: Hugh McGrory | New York City | @datavized

The Interdimensional Audio Editor is an intuitive tool that allows journalists to quickly and easily assemble and share sound to export as stereo (2D) for traditional use, such as in video storytelling, or as spatialized (3D) for virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

JOURNALISM 360 AWARDS $195,000 TO 11 WINNING PROJECTS THAT USE IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING TO ADVANCE JOURNALISM

PRESS RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Google News Initiative, Knight Foundation and Online Association partnership supports ideas focused on pressing issues from technology surveillance to race issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eleven projects led by creators from around the world that seek to help develop and expand best practices in immersive journalism, including virtual, augmented and mixed reality, will receive a share of $195,000 as winners of the 2018 Journalism 360 Challenge. The challenge is a joint initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google News Initiative and Online News Association.

The 11 winning projects were selected from more than 400 applications that addressed the question: How might we experiment with immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism? Each winner will receive grants ranging from $4,600 to $20,000 to test, refine and build out an early-stage idea.

Winners will cover complex issues such as privacy and surveillance, race issues and domestic violence in new ways. Reflecting emerging trends and challenges in immersive storytelling, the projects will explore best practices in key areas such as audio tools, volumetric tools and on-the-go production.

Journalism 360 opened the call for ideas in May 2018. Now in its second year, the challenge helps to fulfill Journalism 360’s mission to support news organizations and individuals to explore, learn and share new ways to use immersive storytelling.

“The winning projects focused on advancing new models and techniques in immersive storytelling. They will work to innovate journalism — providing news organizations and reporters with insights into new forms of storytelling and audience engagement techniques that can shine a light on the issues that matter most to communities,” said Paul Cheung, Knight Foundation director for journalism and technology innovation.

“We’re proud to support the second class of Journalism 360 grant winners. We’re eager to see these projects brought to life and become points of reference and education for the rest of the journalism industry,” said Erica Anderson, U.S. Partnerships Lead, Google News Initiative.

“The diversity of voices and projects represented by this year’s challenge participants provides an optimistic outlook for journalism. We heard from creators around the world who are expanding the boundaries of immersive storytelling and experimenting with more varied tools, with some building on inspiration from the 2017 challenge winners. We’re also excited to see journalists pitching innovative ways to help people in their communities use immersive technology to tell their own stories,” said Laura Hertzfeld, Director of Journalism 360.

Read ONA Journalism360 Challenge Winners 

Read ONA Winner Announcement

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