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Virtual Reality, 360⁰ Video, and Journalism Studies: Conceptual Approaches to Immersive Technologies

Mabrook, R. and Singer, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-5777-9065 (2019). Virtual Reality, 360⁰ Video, and Journalism Studies: Conceptual Approaches to Immersive Technologies. Journalism Studies, doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2019.1568203


A growing number of newsrooms are experimenting with Virtual Reality (VR) and other immersive storytelling techniques, typically supported by technology companies that see journalism as a potential vehicle for taking VR mainstream. The resulting pieces have been wide-ranging in topic, style, and scope, but all introduce new complexities to journalistic norms and practices. To date, however, journalism studies scholars have conducted relatively little research into these immersive technologies. This essay proposes three conceptual approaches to examining VR journalism: Actor-Network Theory, normative theory, and a sociological perspective on journalistic work.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article accepted for publication by Taylor & Francis in 'Journalism Studies' on 08 January 2019, available online:
Publisher Keywords: 360o video; Actor-Network Theory; immersive technology; normative theory; sociology of news; storytelling; virtual reality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
Date available in CRO: 09 Jan 2019 14:25
Date deposited: 9 January 2019
Date of acceptance: 8 January 2019
Date of first online publication: 19 January 2019
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