I remember being in middle school and hearing about the high-definition (HD) TV debut. My father was all about finding a television that had a 16:9 ratio. Well, when he purchased a HDTV (which he treated like his fourth child), it was met with his amazement on how TV was changing.
HDTV was just the start of the technological growth seen in journalism in the last decade. We have seen elements of broadcast journalism change, such as social media, the time of broadcasts, mobile-apps, and on-demand broadcasts. Print journalism outlets have also created roles for social media editors, multi-media journalists, and the outlets have also created on-demand videos for readers.
Outlets are now turning to the next technological element in broadcast journalism: Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality is not brand-new, but its growth is continuing, especially on social media platforms. Facebook has made the platform capable of uploading 360-degree video and photos. With the appropriate equipment, outlets and users can stream Facebook Live videos in the Virtual Reality format.
Outlets such as The New York Times and USA Today even have dedicated apps to Virtual Reality videos. The videos are used for fun and serious stories. We have seen Bill Nye work with NBC Newsand do Virtual Reality videos. The Washington Post also postedan augmented reality video about the case of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who died in police custody back in 2015.
Virtual Reality is becoming a competitive advantage for news outlets, and it is helping people not only understand news stories, but simulate experiencing and witnessing news events.