Prof. Pacheco’s Spring 2021 Classes – Now Open for Registration

My two spring 2021 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: Wednesdays 5:15-8 p.m.

From Oculus to Vive to Magic Leap, we cover ALL THE REALITIES in the Extended Reality space. Set yourself up to work in an industry that Intel projects will generate $569 BILLION by 2025 at media companies like CNN, Discovery, Lucasfilm, and Disney as well as tech companies like Google and Facebook.

Topics covered include:

  • 360 video production using 8K cameras
  • 3D scanning and photogrammetry
  • Creating interactive CGI scenes
  • Coding XR using A-Frame
  • Motion capture and character animation
  • Social VR with Mozilla Hubs
  • Immersive storytelling techniques
  • Immersive media ethics.

In addition, this year students will get to contribute to the Online News Association and Knight Foundation-funded Journalism 360 project about I-81, past present and future. Learn more about that project here: https://bit.ly/3qz5MKz

 

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)

In addition, this year students will get to contribute to the Online News Association and Knight Foundation-funded Journalism 360 project about I-81, past present and future. Learn more about that project here: https://bit.ly/3qz5MKz

Professor Pacheco in the Press

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

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  • “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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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...

http://storynext.gannett.com/state-of-vr.pdf

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  • 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

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Daily Orange: Universities should embrace experiential media courses

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  • "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

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

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