The Knight Foundation has joined with Google News Lab and the Online News Association to launch the Journalism 360 Challenge, an open call for ideas from everyone and anyone willing to experiment and share what they're learning about mixed reality, virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360-degree video.
Winning ideas will receive up to $35,000 for early-stage projects that best answer the question: How might we experiment with immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism?
While immersive storytelling offers journalists new opportunities to engage more deeply with members of the audience, it also requires new approaches and raises important questions that can only be answered when people passionate about the future of journalism are willing to exchange ideas and learn from each other. To that end, the foundation is interested in ideas from anyone, anywhere in the world, including journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs, gamers, software developers and academics, startups, established businesses, and nonprofits, that touch on anything from new production techniques, to storytelling tools, to explorations of the use of narrative to address important ethical questions for journalists.
Entries will be accepted from March 8 to April 10, 2017. The review phase will run from April 10 to mid-June, during which time staff from Knight Foundation, the Online News Association, Google News Lab, and a select group of thought leaders from a variety of fields will review applications and select finalists. Knight staff will then interview the finalists and announce the winners of the challenge at the end of June.
For more information, application instructions, and the online application form, see the Knight Foundation website.