How news reports can be delivered with VR


Experience the Ferguson shooting from the witnesses’ perspectives

A new experimental project by Fusion, in conjunction with Empathetic Media and the Reynolds Journalism Institute, showcases the potential of using virtual reality and game development tools as an apparatus for reporting real-world events. It’s called Ferguson VR, and it allows you to explore the eight eyewitness testimonies used in the case of Michael Brown’s shooting by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO back in August this year. You don’t need a virtual reality headset to experience it, but it is designed for use with one, as well as a mobile phone. When you start, you enter a reconstructed scene of the Canfield Green apartment complex in a first-person perspective. Guidance arrows lead you to beacons that each represents one of the eight eyewitnesses of the shooting; they’re located in the same spot the witnesses were at the time. ….[READ]


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