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The Des Moines Register wins Murrow award for Harvest of Change VR Project - 0 views

    The Des Moines Register's Harvest of Change, which was the first project to incorporate virtual reality in a commercial news setting, has won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. This emerged from Professor Dan Pacheco working as an innovator in residence at Gannett Digital, where he brought an Oculus Rift and knowledge of how to create VR experiences in Unity.
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Oculus Rift could transform the way we view the news - The Washington Post - 0 views

    "It's easy to see how something like the Oculus Rift could transform the news-reading experience - not just for traditional news-gathering organizations like The Des Moines Register, but also for just about any Silicon Valley tech company that produces a newsfeed. The very way we think about 'news' could change."
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2016 Mirror Awards Ceremony - YouTube - 0 views

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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. But there's somebody in this room who didn't. And this is really important about why innovation is crucial in journalism schools.

    Not only did that Hunger project start at the USC school of journalism, but a
    really important person here put on the goggles -- we both had been Knight
    Grant winners earlier -- Dan Pacheco. And he said, 'Holy shit, there's something real here.' And he invited me up to S.I. Newhouse.

    At that point I'm carrying 22 motion tracking cameras, huge tripods, crazy
    equipment, I show up with the flu and 103 degree fever. Something had broken in transport and Dan and I worked until midnight until finally one person in the lab instructed me, and I managed to fix it with a paper clip. And then the next day, Syracuse students were introduced to virtual reality.
    But something else happened. Dan went on to work at Gannett. He then got them interested in virtual reality. And then Gannett and USA Today began their thrust. Because of Dan's interests, S.I. Newhouse became the very first school to offer an immersive journalism class. And because of Dan's
    support of this medium, a lot more … many many many new minds were
    opened to using VR for journalism.

    So really in many ways, the fact that I'm here is down to having somebody
    like Dan Pacheco be one of the very first people in my entire trajectory to
    say to me, hang on, there's something real here. So, you know, I really have
    to thank him, and I have to thank S.I. Newhouse because I don't know if I
    would have had the type of trajectory I have without what happened at your
    school. So thank you so, so much."
Dan Pacheco

Virtual Reality Storytelling - From Screen to Beam : Documentary Campus e.V. - 0 views

    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. This will include demos and a deep-dive into Harvest of Change, the virtual reality journalism project he managed for The Des Moines Register and Gannett Digital, and some of the final projects from students in VR Storytelling. In addition, he will bring a 360° GoPro camera rig and stitching software to demonstrate how 360° videos can be produced and loaded onto the Samsung GearVR and into Unity3D VR environments.
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Immersive Journalism: A New Horizon in Storytelling? Center for Information Technology... - 0 views

    Prof. Pacheco was invited to present with Nonny de la Peña about Virtual Reality Journalism at Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy.
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Virtual reality is journalism's next frontier : Columbia Journalism Review - 0 views

    "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.) Pacheco hired a game designer to handle 3D rendering who enjoyed the experience so much that "he got the journalism bug" and stayed with Gannett. They also brought in a second intern who had experience with Unity, a multiplatform gaming engine. The team was rounded out with Total Cinema 360, a New York-based film company."
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