The New York Times Breaks into Virtual Reality Documentary Journalism

Last Sunday, the New York Times sent out a box that contained a cardboard version of Google Glasses for watching a documentary on your iPhone or Android phone. By mounting the phone in the cardboard frame and downloading the video you could look into the world of the displaced children struggling with being forced from their homes by war. This marriage of new technology that is available now for under $3,000, with a journalistic assignment, points to a new frontier of storytelling. If you have not yet seen it, there is a non 3D version, but with the ability to scroll around your screen and view the entire world of the children. Check it out. This is how news will be reported in the near future. And likely how we will learn about the world around us. It’s use in environmental education cannot be overstated.

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