A preview of the Journalism 360 Immersive Storytelling Festival

Explore Greenland’s melting ice caps, journey down the Nile and more at ONA18

We’re thrilled to bring you the second annual Journalism 360 Immersive Storytelling Festival during ONA18! The festival will showcase projects from 2017 Journalism 360 Challenge, finalists in the Online Journalism Awards and other virtual reality and augmented reality explorations from the immersive journalism community. Join us on Friday, Sept. 14, between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Here’s a preview of a few of the projects we will feature.

Greenland Melting (PBS FRONTLINE/Emblematic Group)

Greenland’s glaciers are melting faster and faster. In this walk-around VR experience, you’ll go on a journey with a team of NASA scientists trying to better understand why and what it might mean for the world. Stand in front of glaciers, fly at low altitudes over some of the world’s most stunning scenery, and dive beneath the ocean’s surface to see what NASA’s studies are revealing.

Damming the Nile (BBC News)

Damming the Nile is the first Virtual Reality documentary series from BBC News, taking viewers on a deeply immersive journey down the Nile from its source to the sea through Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt with African correspondent, Alastair Leithead to explore the politics around a new dam.

The Deported (USC Annenberg/Jovrnalism)

Looking past headlines and statistics about deportation, you’ll find people who are caught in between a country that kicked them out and a country they don’t understand. They can often fall into depression or turn to addiction, which could lead to suicide. But there are nonprofits and churches trying to catch them and help them adjust to their new lives beyond the border.

Aftermath VR (New Cave Media)

Aftermath VR is an immersive documentary project about the Euromaidan revolution in Kyiv, Ukraine. It reconstructs the street where the bloodshed happened, as it is today, using photogrammetry and CGI. The viewers of the experience can repeat the path of the protesters who were reclaiming the street from police forces.

The Wall (USA TODAY/Arizona Republic)

Explore the unintended consequences of a dividing America in virtual reality. Partnering with local publications across the country, the USA TODAY NETWORK created an interactive experience that allows users to immersive themselves in 2,000 miles of conversation, possibilities, and outcomes on both sides of the borders.

David Bowie in Three Dimensions (The New York Times)

David Bowie was a musician, actor, painter, cultural pioneer and never what you expected. See what made him a fashion icon, up close and in augmented reality.

The festival runs Friday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lonestar C. Several of the creators will be present to answer questions and lead you through the experiences.

Following the festival, join us for several immersive panels scheduled in the same room: