Social Virtual Reality Tips for Facebook Spaces

Stepping into Facebook Spaces for the first time was a surreal blend of animated avatars, 360 photos and social media.

On their own, these are powerful elements for storytelling. Combining them into a social virtual reality app like Spaces, however, means a new world of possibilities. What is Facebook Spaces, and how could we use it for journalism? I set out to gain insights about this app in the context of telling stories, and as I discovered tips and practical uses, I also learned more about limitations when using this technology.

During a social virtual reality workshop in November at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, I put on an Oculus Rift headset and listened to verbal directions on how to use the two Oculus Touch hand controllers. My eyes veered all over as I soaked in this 360-degree, cartoon-like world. I clutched controllers that

A virtual selfie stick and capability to go live on Facebook are some of the features of Facebook Spaces.
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Journalists, Let’s Create Stories for Alexa

“Alexa, tell me how to make chilaquiles.” This was one of the conversational commands University of Southern California journalism students programmed when creating a new skill for the Amazon Echo device that uses Alexa voice-powered technology. Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish made with corn tortillas and chili sauce, but this story wasn’t just about a recipe. The students, Cristina Galvan and Almond Li, were working on a project for the “Advanced Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms” class at USC Annenberg that promotes experimentation with a variety of emerging technology—including mixed reality, augmented reality, chat bots, stories for Alexa, 360 photo and video storytelling, and other new formats that allow journalists to tell stories in different ways. Cristina and Almond wanted to create stories about food and culture for their semester-long class project. As the professor of the course, I talked with the students about the focus of the story, their
Tips from Amazon's day-long workshop in Los Angeles on April 11 featuring tips for creating new skills for Alexa. Photo by Laura Davis
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Want To Reach A Chinese Audience? 10 Tips For Using WeChat

This post was originally published by the Media Center Lab. Film, music, advertising — all these American media fields have recognized the value of the Chinese market. Notice you don’t see the American news industry on that list. I’m from China and use WeChat every day, but I don’t see a lot of content there that reflects what I’m learning to produce as a journalism student at the University of Southern California. So when two of my professors asked me if I wanted to launch a WeChat account for USC’s student-run news outlet Annenberg Media, I was pumped. In case you’re not familiar, WeChat is most popular messaging app in China, with more than 768 million users logging in daily, according to numbers the company released at the end of 2016. With 889 million monthly active users, it’s also one of the most popular chat apps in the world. I would
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Journalism and Digital Education Roundup: March 23, 2017

Each Thursday, we round up the top stories of the week in journalism education and digital learning. Sign up here to get the Journalism & Digital Education Roundup delivered to your inbox. 1. Veteran Journalist Willow Bay Named Dean of USC Annenberg (Beth Shuster / USC News) 2. In a Polarized Climate, Free-Speech Warriors Seize the Spotlight (Sarah Brown/Chronicle of Higher Education) 3. Northwestern Alumnus Makes $3 Million Gift to Medill School of Journalism for Social Justice Reporting (Erica Snow / Daily Northwestern) 4. Arizona Journalism Students’ First Amendment Rights in the Hands of State Legislators (Sydney Ritter / Mesa Legend) 5. The DOE Called This Queens School Newspaper ‘Fake News.’ The Students Responded With Journalism (Max Rivlin-Nadler / Village Voice)
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Journalism & Digital Education Roundup: Nov. 3

Each Thursday, we round up the top stories of the week in journalism education and digital learning. Sign up here to get the Journalism & Digital Education Roundup delivered to your inbox.

1. USC Is Now Offering What Might Be the World’s First Class on Surf Journalism (Dylan Heyden / The Inertia)

  1. First Step’ Toward More Digital Undergrad Experience (Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed)

3. Lessons From the Sharing Economy (Petra Bonfert-Taylor / Inside Higher Ed)

4. U.S. Dept. of Ed. Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products (Mary Jo Madda / EdSurge)

5. Massachusetts Builds Diverse Edtech Sector, Still Seeks Big Wins (Jeff Engel / Xcomony)

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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 31 Edition

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events. Note: Event descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity. 

NOVEMBER 2016

Advancing the Story: The Next Chapter in Media Impact
Nov. 2, 2016
Los Angeles
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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 31 Edition

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events. Note: Event descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity. 

NOVEMBER 2016

Advancing the Story: The Next Chapter in Media Impact
Nov. 2, 2016
Los Angeles
Just one week before the U.S. presidential election, please join The Paley Center for Media and The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center as we explore how technology and storytelling are raising awareness Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 31 Edition"