Nonny De la Peña speaking March 4

The worlds of gaming and journalism are about to merge as the cost of creating 3D experiential environments plummets and a flood of new motion and gesture-based interfaces readies to enter the marketplace. Journalist Nonny de la Peña is on the forefront of this trend, and will visit the Newhouse School on Monday, March 4, bringing stereoscopic “virtual reality goggles” that allow people to literally step into a 3D news story.

“Nonny is a true pioneer in an exciting new frontier for digital journalism and documentary film,” says Peter A. Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation Dan Pacheco, who is bringing De la Peña to the Newhouse school as the third speaker in the Digital Edge Journalism seminar series. “When you enter her immersive experiences, you feel as if you’ve been transported to another place and another time. In the future, will some stories not be so much told as experienced?”

De la Peña will speak at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Follow on Twitter at hashtag #immersj.

She will also provide interactive visual reality demonstrations that afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m., in Room 494, Newhouse 2. Personal tours can be reserved by signing up at Priority will be given to SU students.

Space at De la Peña’s evening talk is limited, so please RSVP here. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Professor Pacheco in the Press

Welcome to the Washing Machine


  • Prof. Pacheco predicts the future media-disrupting technologies for CommPRObiz: "Part of my job as the Peter Horvitz Chair in Journalism Innovation is to look on the horizon and identify trends that might lead the next waves of disruption. I also challenge my students to do field tests of disruptive technologies, then use what they learn to predict where things will be in another 5 years...

Our list of the best 11 journalism experiments


  • Columbia Journalism Review just listed the "Harvest of Change” virtual reality journalism project that Professor Pacheco co-produced at Gannett as one of 11 noteworthy journalism experiments today. BDJ senior, now graduated, also contributed as a developer. -

    Virtual Reality Storytelling - From Screen to Beam : Documentary Campus e.V.


    • Creating Your First VR Experience
      Practical tips for getting started in VR using freely available software and 3D assets. Prof. Dan Pacheco will draw upon material from his Virtual Reality Storytelling class at the S.I. Newhouse School to provide practical steps for creating interactive scenes in Unity3D that can be exported for web and the Oculus Rift...

Virtual Reality Lets the Audience Step into the Story - Nieman Storyboard


  • "Immersive journalism is picking up now in part because the necessary technology has gotten better, cheaper, and more portable. The smartphone’s ability to stream high-definition video as well as its increasing popularity—58% of Americans had one as of January 2014, according to Pew Research—have further accelerated adoption...

How digital journalism innovation can start in the classroom | Media news


  • Newhouse currently teaches interactive data visualization, product management for journalists, and new technologies for new media as part of the pack, said chair in journalism innovation Dan Pacheco. - Dan Pacheco


SU journalism professor Dan Pacheco: 3-D cameras will 'transport' us to any place on earth |


  • asked Professor Pacheco for his predictions about future technologies over the next 5 to 20 years. - Dan Pacheco


Social Media and the New Faces of Journalism


  • "Dan Pacheco compared the news industry to Hollywood.

    “In the golden age of movies, the studio controlled everything, hired all of the actors in a company-town model,” said Pacheco, “Now everyone is a free agent.”

    While the sources themselves remain a big deal (Time, WSJ, The New York Times), “the journalist is increasingly the brand,” noted Pacheco...

‘Experiential Journalism:’ How Virtual Reality Could Depict News in 3D - American Journalism Review


  • Pacheco has visions of how the Oculus could be used in the future. Maps could be interactive and 3D, said Pacheco. Pacheco also said natural disaster stories would be perfect for the Oculus Rift, especially when it comes to flooding. He envisions a project where “you can dial in a city, go to one of the coastal areas of that city, and see what the water level is like now and see what it’s like in 10, 20, 30 years...

3D Printing Day at SU


  • Professor Dan Pacheco’s class at Newhouse had some fun before winter break by 3D scanning and printing “exact replicas” of their heads; a technology, according to Isaac Budmen, SU grad and co-author of “The Book on 3D Printing,” that will permeate most every aspect of American homelife in the next two to three decades...

Editor & Publisher ®


  • 'For a couple of days in journalism circles, “Harvest of Change” was the hot trending topic. Never before had you been able to virtually step inside a story and be enveloped by 360-degree video and hyper-realistic 3D renderings of a landscape you could move inside of...

ACP Story of the Year Spotlight Series: Joe Infantino, NewsHouse, Syracuse University : College Media Matters


  • SU alum Joe Infantino gives the back story on the award-winning Pan Am 103 project he worked on in Professor Pacheco and Professor Jon Glass's Web Journalism and Innovation class. - Dan Pacheco


Virtual reality is journalism's next frontier : Columbia Journalism Review


  • "Dan Pacheco, professor of journalism innovation at the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, served as a consultant with Gannett Digital and the Des Moines Register on Harvest of Change. He describes team-building as part two of a “three act” process. (Act one: Find the story and conduct preliminary research...

Tech growth with community awareness: Syracuse, N.Y. | Knight Digital Media Center


  • Two years ago, former journalist and media entrepreneur Dan Pacheco departed the tech startup hub of the Denver metro area to serve as the Chair of Journalism Innovation at the S.I. Newhouse School, Syracuse University. Since then, he and his students have been working to help bring together segments of the local tech-business ecosystem that's been spurring an economic renaissance around Syracuse -- and learning lessons that can apply elsewhere...

Inside Gannett's editorial innovation lab - Digiday


  • "Dan Pacheco, who is chair of journalism innovation at Syracuse University and who consulted to Gannett on the Oculus Rift project, said the barriers to scaling these ideas aren’t technological (the tools are there and free to use), but the finding the right stories and people with the right skill sets...

Oprah Winfrey leads Syracuse community in dedicating new facility | USA TODAY College


  • "The facility is not about teaching people things that have been taught the last 50 years. It’s about preparing them to open their minds to imagine what the next 50 years will be like, and making those things happen right here,” says Dan Pacheco, Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation at SU...

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