Immerse your journalism with $35,000
Think you've got what it takes to take a story 360˚? Well now you have the opportunity to make it a reality, virtually.
This week, Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and the Online News Association (ONA) announced that they giving away $250,000 to support immersive storytelling.
"Virtual, augmented, mixed reality and 360 video are opening new opportunities for journalists to connect with audiences," they explain.
"In a news environment dominated by two-dimensional digital experiences, this technology allows people to interact with their surroundings and takes them places that they would otherwise not be able to go. At the same time they raise important technical and ethical challenges that journalists need to understand and explore."
Each project selected could receive up to $35,000 to test, refine and build out an immersive experience.
Although the call is open to all story ideas, preference will be given to early-stage ideas, which will provide a springboard for this emerging area of journalism to grow.
"Our focus is not on funding content. We are primarily looking for projects that will yield lessons and “how-tos” for the field of journalism and encourage reporters and editors to think differently."
The call is open until 10 April, and grants will be award in June 2017.