The New York Times has started releasing 360-degree virtual reality stories as daily news.
Watch the NYT introduction to 360 News
The New York Times has been releasing 360 videos for a while, the NYT VR app on Google Cardboard is a beautiful introduction to 360VR storytelling. NYT VR also released award winning “The Displaced” and motivated lots of other journalists to tell stories in VR.
“It’s time to make 360 video a part of the daily news report, as common as text or interactives,” – Meredith Kopit Levien, executive vice president and chief revenue officer at The New York Times Company.
I was waiting to see which media outlet would jump on 360VR news first. NYT VR is our winner!
About 360 Video Virtual Reality
360 degree video is an excellent format for journalism. Immersive storytelling where the viewer becomes the camera. The viewer does not just have a glimpse, the viewer is inside the content. When you do a close up in 360VR, the close up is actually a real one. Experienced with a VR headset, the immersion becomes so real, that you might actually think that you are there. Different tools can be used to make the experience even more realistic, such as 360 spatial sound. This technology enables creators to have different 360 degree sound, viewers will feel difference in volume depending on where they are looking.