Prof. Pacheco’s Fall 2020 Classes – Now Open for Registration

My two fall 2020 classes — Virtual Reality Storytelling and Emerging Media Platforms — are now open for registration. Here’s details on both. Questions? Contact me!

MND 545: Virtual Reality Storytelling

Meets: Mon/Wed 3:45-5:05.

This course gives you exposure to virtual and augmented reality technologies, including many that are completely cloud-based and accessible with or without a virtual reality headset. You will learn how to create the types of immersive VR and AR experiences popular at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, as well as an entirely new set of cloud-based immersive platforms (Amazon Sumerian and Mozilla Hubs) where stories can be experienced socially with others, with or without VR headsets. Imagine virtual experiences like concerts, conferences, artist gatherings and more, but in VR. At a time when everyone is socially distant due to COVID-19, this type of “Social VR” presents a powerful opportunity to bring back some of the types of events that have been lost due to the pandemic.

  • Social VR
  • 360 video production
  • 3D scanning
  • Creating interactive CGI scenes
  • Light coding for VR using A-Frame
  • Motion capture and character animation
  • Immersive storytelling techniques

MND 413/613: Emerging Media Platforms

Meets: Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:50 p.m.

This class gives you exposure to a variety of emerging technologies that can impact how media is produced or consumed. Assignments are meant to give you a basic understanding of how to create content using a variety of digital tools, rather than mastery of them. The final project is to either run a field test for a media hypothesis using an emerging tech of your choice, or write a research paper about an emerging technology and how it may influence media. Topics covered include:

  • XR (VR, AR)
  • Aerial video with drones
  • Environmental sensing
  • Chat bots and AI
  • Smart speakers
  • Data visualization
  • Coding for emerging platforms
  • Wearable cameras (such as Snap Spectacles)

For a better idea about the course, here’s a story on the Newhouse web site about the class, including testimonials from students who took it.

Professor Pacheco in the Press

How Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is bringing augmented reality to your job


  • “I think we will be seeing two camps: Microsoft and a few startups like Meta2 and Vuzix on the business end, and Magic Leap and Apple (when Apple releases its rumored glasses) on the consumer end,” Dan Pacheco, a professor of journalism and chair in journalism innovation at Syracuse University’s S...

2016 Mirror Awards Ceremony - YouTube


  • Nonny de la Peña had this to say about Professor Pacheco after her acceptance of an I-3 Mirror Award.

    “Once the [Oculus] Facebook sale happened, $2 billion dollars, you’re not so nuts. But before that happened, a lot of people thought trying to do journalism in virtual reality was crazy...

Students, Faculty to Create Content for HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset


  • Prof. Dan Pacheco has been accepted into the HoloLens developer program and will work with Newhouse students and faculty to create content for the device. - Dan Pacheco


Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting - TechRepublic


  • Prof. Pacheco was interviewed by CBS Interactive's TechRepublic about using virtuality for journalism in the story: "Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting." The piece also referenced Pacheco's Virtual Reality Storytelling course and included a link to a 360 video of the SU football team by class member and football player Eric Jackson...


  • Prof. Pacheco co-authored the primer on virtual reality in this report on The State of Virtual Reality in Journalism for Gannett and the Knight Foundation. - Dan Pacheco


Daily Orange: Universities should embrace experiential media courses


  • "There’s a virtual reality course being taught this semester in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications called Virtual Reality Storytelling. (Full disclosure: I am taking the course right now. It’s awesome.) The course’s professor, Dan Pacheco, says demand for the course is high, and for good reason in that it may set you apart in a job interview...

StoryNEXT conference features virtual reality – Hypergrid Business


  • Professor Pacheco has been added to the advisory board for StoryNEXT, a new annual conference focused on innovators in virtual reality storytelling. - Dan Pacheco