Former Newsweek correspondent and documentary filmmaker Nonny de la Peña is developing a groundbreaking brand of journalism that offers a fully immersive experience of the news report. Interested in calling attention to the growing issue of hunger in the United States, HUNGER IN LOS ANGELES recreates an eyewitness account of a crisis incident on a food bank line at the First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles. De la Peña combined the game development tool Unity 3D, a head mounted display with motion tracking, and live audio she collected from the incident, to construct a simulated world in which audiences can suit up, walk around, and interact with other characters on the scene. The project has been developed at the MxR Lab, a joint lab between USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and The School of Cinematic Arts, with additional support from the Annenberg School of Communications & Journalism.
Here’s the link: http://www.sundance.org/festival/film-events/hunger-in-los-angeles/
Here is our published paper on Immersive Journalism which outlines the fundamentals of immersive journalism. Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First-Person Experience of News
I have a piece in the Online Journalism Review that discusses immersive journalism. Find it here: http://www.ojr.org/ojr/people/nonnydlp/201005/1854/