Virtual reality has mainly revolved around gaming until now. But gradually this technology is being used in other spheres. Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset by Oculus VR might not have made its commercial entry in the market, but big companies are testing its use for different purpose. Gannet, a leading media and marketing solutions company is trying to use this headset to provide its users the opportunity to not only read but also feel a news story through virtual reality. The company hopes to change the way in which news will be consumed by the readers. They are calling this as a “cutting edge journalistic experience” which will build “factual non-fiction” stories by using the fictional world of gaming.
Virtual Reality Journalism
People who are addicted to virtual reality games might find the virtual reality journalism helpful. According to Mitch Gelman, the Digital Vice President of Product at Gannett, this is the way journalists can communicate with the generation which is addicted to Minecraft and other games. Virtual reality journalism will require readers to use a VR headset to experience the daily news in a virtual world.
However, the question is whether users will be keen to put on a headset so that they can get the daily stories, or it will be too much to expect even from the game addicts to view breaking news in an animated reality form.
Will it Replace Traditional Journalism?
With these upcoming trends, news broadcasters of today are wondering whether traditional journalism will be replaced.
Wearable news and robot journalism are two other trends which have been in use for some time now. For receiving wearable news, readers are required to strap the device to their bodies all the time. While some people do not find it appealing, others are annoyed with the flashing headlines that keep on popping up and the regular sound of notifications.
Robot journalism, where automated programs provide full-length stories for news organizations like the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press, has generated huge popularity. There is however a limitation of the use of robots to write a new story. Human journalists, editors and their creativity are essential to make a news piece read-worthy.
So, even if virtual reality journalism is the next trend in journalism, it might not be able to become a sustainable source of daily news.
What do you think?
Do you think Oculus Rift can make virtual reality journalism better than traditional journalism? What would you prefer- virtual or traditional news? Share your insights in the comments below.
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