Open Call: Journalism 360˚ Challenge

Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and the Online News Association announced a partnership in an open call for ideas, offering up to $35,000 in funding to test, refine and build out an immersive project.

The Journalism 360˚ Challenge asks

How might we experiment with immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism?

And, wants to discover ideas that advance immersive storytelling in the field of journalism. Ideas that are informative and encourage innovation and learning; at some point, ad revenue too.

The Times has featured several 360 pieces this year, like Ice Caves, and see this crazy Sony-based 360 rig.

Considering creative expression and new ways to reach an audience, I applaud the call, may even apply myself, and it follows much media soul-searching after the US election.

A solid response to the problem of fake news, is deeply engaging genuine content. I don’t know if 360˚ journalism is the answer for readership, but the medium holds promise and the call has a total budget of $250,000.

Studies have shown that if news looks real, people will believe it, so a strategy to change what news looks like seems plausible. The call ends April 10, and the winners will be awarded in June 2017.

Read more about fake news


My daily shooter is Sony A1 with a vertical grip and various Sony lenses attached like the FE 20mm F1.8. Find more gear recommendations in our shop. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.