VR moves from experiments to immersion

“If your production teams haven’t already heard of these terms, get to know them: ambisonics, stereoscopic rendering, and photogrammetry will be standard by the end of the year.”

2017 is going to provide an interesting opportunity for news organizations, thanks to voice-activated personal home assistants. These unassuming small internet-connected devices are powered by evolving machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms, built to deliver relevant and credible news catered to an individual’s preferences. Through audio cues, news will become conversational providing a consumer the opportunity to build a personal relationship with a news organization: “Good morning. What’s happening in the world today?”

ray-sotoNext year will be the defining moment for virtual reality in news as organizations around the globe build dedicated teams to support the emerging platform. Expect a shift from experimental passive video to interactive experiences. If your production teams haven’t already heard of these terms, get to know them: ambisonics, stereoscopic rendering, and photogrammetry will be standard by the end of the year. Audiences will have an opportunity to explore and discover the stories that matter to them, in a way they’ve never seen before.

Don’t expect much from augmented reality in the coming year. The technology is evolving but newsrooms won’t be able to support the development demands to create and support compelling content on devices with limited functionality. Similar to virtual reality in 2015, now is the time to begin experimentation to understand the platform and its demands.

Ray Soto is design director of emerging technologies at USA Today Network.

Samantha Barry   Messaging apps go mainstream

P. Kim Bui   The year journalism teaches again

Maria Bustillos   “It’s true — I saw it on Facebook”

Jeremy Barr   A terrible year for Tiers B through D

Rachel Sklar   Women are going to get loud

Mark Armstrong   Time to pay up

Liz McMillen   The year of deep insights

Gabriel Snyder   The aberration of 20th-century journalism

Andrea Silenzi   Podcasts dive into breaking news analysis

Matt Karolian   AI improves publishing

Tanya Cordrey   The resurgence of reach

Ryan McCarthy   Platforms grow up or grow more toxic

Michael Kuntz   Trust is the new click

Millie Tran   International expansion without colonial overtones

Ray Soto   VR moves from experiments to immersion

Umbreen Bhatti   A sense of journalists’ humanity

Megan H. Chan   Cultural reporting goes mainstream

Christopher Meighan   Unlocking a deeper mobile experience

Adam Thomas   The coming collaboration across Europe

Ashley C. Woods   Local journalism will fight a new fight

Ken Schwencke   Disaggregation and collection

Molly de Aguiar   Philanthropists galvanize around news

Mary Walter-Brown   Getting comfortable asking for money

Sara M. Watson   There is no neutral interface

Andrew Ramsammy   Rise of the rebel journalist

An Xiao Mina   2017 is for the attention innovators

Joanne Lipman   The year of the drone, really

Mike Ragsdale   A smarter information diet

Scott Dodd   Nonprofits team up for impact

Cory Haik   Navigating power in Trump’s America

Alberto Cairo   Communicating uncertainty to our readers

Renée Kaplan   Pure reach has reached its limit

Swati Sharma   Failing diversity is failing journalism

Rubina Madan Fillion   Snapchat grows up

Claire Wardle   Verification takes center stage

Sarah Wolozin   Virtual reality on the open web

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Truthiness in private spaces

Michael Oreskes   Reversing the erosion of democracy

Dhiya Kuriakose   The year of digital detoxing

Tim Griggs   The year we stop taking sides

Cindy Royal   Preparing the digital educator-scholar hybrid

Sarah Marshall   Focusing on the why of the click

Bill Keller   A healthy skepticism about data

Corey Ford   The year of the rebelpreneur

Andy Rossback   The year of the user

Carla Zanoni   Prioritizing emotional health

Jonathan Hunt   Measurement companies get with the times

Emi Kolawole   From empathy to community

Dan Colarusso   Let’s make live video we can love

Rebekah Monson   Journalism is community-as-a-service

Caitlin Thompson   High touch, high value

Mario Garcia   Virtual reality on mobile leaps forward

David Weigel   A test for online speech

Mary Meehan   Feeling blue in a red state

Nushin Rashidian   A rise in high-price, high-value subscriptions

Libby Bawcombe   Kids board the podcast train

Burt Herman   Local news gets interesting

Alice Antheaume   A new test for French media

Laura Walker   Authentic voices, not fake news

Eric Nuzum   Podcasting stratifies into hard layers

Vivian Schiller   Tested like never before

Reyhan Harmanci   Bear witness — but then what?

Sue Schardt   Objectivity, fairness, balance, and love

Steve Henn   The next revolution is voice

David Skok   What lies beyond paywalls

Guy Raz   Inspiration and hope will matter more than ever

Tracie Powell   Building reader relationships

Rachel Schallom   Stop flying over the flyover states

Sam Ford   The year we talk about our awful metrics

Javaun Moradi   What can we own?

Felix Salmon   Headlines matter

Aja Bogdanoff   Comments start pulling their weight

Juan Luis Sánchez   Your predictions are our present

Ståle Grut   The battle for high-quality VR

Dannagal G. Young   The return of the gatekeepers

Zizi Papacharissi   Distracted journalism looks in the mirror

Julia Beizer   Building a coherent core identity

Tim Herrera   The safe space of service journalism

Lam Thuy Vo   The primary source in the age of mechanical multiplication

Juliette De Maeyer and Dominique Trudel   A rebirth of populist journalism

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Earn trust by working for (and with) readers

Bill Adair   The year of the fact-checking bot

Matt Waite   The people running the media are the problem

Amie Ferris-Rotman   Вслед за Россией

Tressie McMillan Cottom   A path through the media’s coming legitimacy crisis

Jonathan Stray   A boom in responsible conservative media

Carrie Brown-Smith   We won’t do enough

Almar Latour   Thanks, #fakenews

Jon Slade   Trusted news, at a premium

Lee Glendinning   A call for great editing

Katie Zhu   The year of minority media

Kathleen Kingsbury   Print as a premium offering

Helen Havlak   Chasing mobile search results

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen   News after advertising may look like news before advertising

Mathew Ingram   The Faustian Facebook dance continues

Olivia Ma   The year collaboration beats competition

Jim Friedlich   A banner year for venture philanthropy

Ole Reißmann   Un-faking the news

Geetika Rudra   Journalism is community

Annemarie Dooling   UGC as a path out of the bubble

S.P. Sullivan   Baking transparency into our routines

Doris Truong   Connecting with diverse perspectives

Moreno Cruz Osório   The year of transparency in Brazilian journalism

Pablo Boczkowski   Fake news and the future of journalism

Robert Hernandez   History will exclude you, again

Nicholas Quah   Podcasting’s coming class war

Kawandeep Virdee   Moving deeper than the machine of clicks

Melody Kramer   Radically rethinking design

Asma Khalid   The year of the newsy podcast

David Chavern   Fake news gets solved

Elizabeth Jensen   Trust depends on the details

Francesco Marconi   The year of augmented writing

Priya Ganapati   Mobile websites are ready for reinvention

Hillary Frey   Forests need to burn to regrow

Ariane Bernard   Better data about your users

Margarita Noriega   From pinning tweets to tweeting pins

Coleen O'Lear   Back to basics

Mandy Velez   The audience is the source and the story

M. Scott Havens   Quality advertising to pair with quality content

Taylor Lorenz   “Selfie journalism” becomes a thing

Anita Zielina   The sales funnel reaches (and changes) the newsroom

Andrew Haeg   The year of listening

Laura E. Davis   Show your work

Sydette Harry   Facing journalism’s history

Erin Millar   The bottom falls out of Canadian media

Andrew Losowsky   Building our own communities

Liz Danzico   The triumph of the small

Keren Goldshlager   Defining a focus, and then saying no

Peter Sterne   A dangerous anti-press mix

Emily Goligoski   Incorporating audience feedback at scale

Dan Gillmor   Fix the demand side of news too

Errin Haines Whack   Chaos or community?

Erin Pettigrew   A year of reflection in tech

Amy O'Leary   Not just covering communities, reaching them

Nathalie Malinarich   Making it easy

Alexis Lloyd   Public trust for private realities

Trushar Barot   API or die

Richard J. Tofel   The country doesn’t trust us — but they do believe us

Amy Webb   Journalism as a service

Mira Lowe   News literacy, bias, and “Hamilton”