April 28 program marks beginning of Newseum’s VR initiative

Virtual Reality Initiative

A virtual reality headset and an iPhone with VR apps installed.

To address how virtual reality (VR) is transforming the way news and information are consumed, the Newseum will host a series of programs dedicated to evolving technologies. The first event, “Virtual Reality, Storytelling and News,” will take place Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center, and will feature some of the best content creators, producers and technology companies involved in the emerging field of VR.

Panelist Mitch Gelman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who most recently was vice president of product at Gannett Company, is joining the Newseum as a senior fellow in media and technology. Gelman also co-authored the Knight Foundation’s recent report, “Viewing the Future? Virtual Reality in Journalism.” During his two-month term, Gelman will help secure strategic partnerships and further develop the technology conference series at the Newseum focused on the impact and future of VR. Thursday’s panel discussion will also feature Cameron Blake, senior VR producer at The Washington Post, Paul Cheung, director of interactives and digital news production for The Associated Press, Robert Padavick, senior producer for VR at USA Today Network, and Ray Soto, creative lead developing VR/AR journalism content for Gannett. Chris Pfaff, president of Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC and vice chairman of the Producers Guild of America’s New Media Council, will moderate the panel.

“Virtual Reality, Storytelling and News” will include a special demonstration of current VR technology, highlighting Google Cardboard and Samsung Space Gear VR.

The program is co-sponsored by Producers Guild of AmericaAAF DC and Capitol Communicator. The event is free, but registration is required.

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