Nonny de la Peña — Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality
Nonny de la PeÑa is an immersive journalism pioneer who uses virtual reality to tell nonfiction narratives. Her works, including Use of Force and Project Syria, utilize 3D technology to create full-body, first-person documentary experiences. Filmed using a light stage, they are able to capture people and settings in 360 degrees. Despite the initial criticism de la PeÑa faced for intersecting virtual reality technology with journalism, she believes that full-body experiences create make people more empathic, evoking a personal and emotional reaction that is not as easily harnessed by traditional journalism. She suggests VR is an opportunity to understand how events unfold in new and powerful ways.