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How can virtual reality (VR) fit into the competitive media environment of the 2010s?
Professor Turo Uskali on the ViSmedia team has looked at the opportunities and future research challenges of Journalism in Virtual Reality. Together with Esa Sirkkunen, Väätäjä Heli and Parisa Pour Rezaei, Uskali analyzes VR-journalism and discusses human-technology interaction and VR developments, business models and methods in combination with ethics of journalism.
The researchers find that there are great potential gains in the marriage of virtual reality and journalism. By building a sense of presence, one can build an emotional connection to the story and it may give users a greater understanding, Uskali & Co conclude.