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Knight Foundation: 360˚ Challenge

Deadline: April 10, 2017

Knight Foundation, Google News Lab, and the Online News Association are partnering to launch an open call for ideas to test, refine, and build out a project that uses immersive storytelling to discover new ways to engage audiences and advance the field of journalism.

Virtual, augmented, mixed reality and 360 video are opening new opportunities for journalists to connect with audiences. 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.

The 360˚ Challenge seeks to discover ideas that grow immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism—that inform and encourage news organizations to innovate, experiment, and learn. Developing lessons around this emerging area can help journalists extend and deepen their impact. Focused on early-stage ideas, the Challenge encourages building fast, failing fast, and learning from the journey.

Amount: A total of $250,000 is available to awards grants that range up to $35,000 each.

Eligibility: The Challenge is open to anyone, from journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs, gamers, software developers and academics, to news organizations, startups, established businesses, nonprofits, and individuals.

Link: https://www.knightfoundation.org/challenges/journalism-360-challenge/

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