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How journalists are using virtual reality for news

| July 17, 2015 – 1:10 pm | 3,842 views

“It’s absolutely nuts, it’s an incredible experience,” said Alex Wood, editor in chief of The Memo, at news:rewired in London.

He was talking about the experience of virtual reality. Since Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion (£1.3bn) last year, it is clear how seriously technology giants are taking this new medium. Samsung, HTC and Google have developed their own headsets with the Google Cardboard available for around £10.

Experts in the emerging field of virtual reality shared their thoughts and work on how the medium can be an effective journalistic tool.

Making news videos just for mobile and on-demand viewing

| July 16, 2015 – 4:50 pm | 3,050 views
Video on the move session

Today’s teenagers don’t bother with their laptops, they go directly to mobile, Hanna Kouri, of Finnish channel ISTV, told delegates at the news:rewired conference, in London today.

How the Guardian uses comments to support journalism

| July 16, 2015 – 1:54 pm | 5,400 views
Laura Oliver

Comments may be ‘much maligned sometimes’ and commenters often get overlooked but, in reality, they can be a websites most loyal users, Laura Oliver, the Guardian’s social and communities editor, told the news:rewired conference today