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Journalism Event Talks About Virtual Reality

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The International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) will be held on April 15th and April 16th via two different panels. The topics being covered will be related to academic research as it relates to online journalism. That includes utilizing virtual environments to help tell stories, journalist’s use of Twitter, their views on information security and more.


Scholars will be questioned about the different research that they’ve done and people will be able to view the research in the most recent #ISOJ Journal which is going to be made available on the #ISOJ Journal website as well as at the symposium.

Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ Research Chair and Associate Professor at San Diego State University, said, “This year was quite competitive and we have an excellent set of eight papers for this year’s ISOJ. This year’s research component of the ISOJ features research work in virtual reality and immersive storytelling, the evolution of digital native news organizations, media economics issues for the industry and digital security concerns for journalists. I am very excited to see our researchers present at this year’s ISOJ. We have a stellar group of scholars this year.”


The founder and chair of ISOJ, Rosental Alves, is also a professor at University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism and she’s just as proud of the 17th annual ISOJ conference.

Alves said, “During the first years, ISOJ was a professional, industry-oriented conference. Since 2005, we have had this peer-review process that selects the best research papers to be presented at the conference and published in the #ISOJ Journal. We became a bridge connecting the online journalism industry with relevant scholarly research.”

The research panel will be led by Schmitz Weiss, starting around 4:45 PM Central Standard Time on Friday April 15th.

Here are some of the scholars that are going to be a part of the panel as well as their articles:


• Farooq Kperogi, Leonard Witt, Solomon Negash and Claire Bohrer. Kennesaw University as well as Gwenette Writer Sinclair whose the owner and CEO of 1 Virtual World Development, “Journalism: How one university used virtual worlds to tell true stories.”

• James Breiner from the University of Navarra, “The economics of accountability journalism: What price is right?”

• Jeremy Littau from Lehigh University and Mi Rosie Jahng from Hope College, “Interactivity, social presence, and journalistic use of Twitter.”


Elizabeth Anne Watkins from Columbia University and Susan McGregor“’Security by obscurity’: Journalists’ mental models of information security.”

The second panel is taking place on April 16th around 11:30 AM Central Standard Time and will be led by Kathleen McElroy, whose an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University.

Some of the speakers include Zhaoxi Liu from Trinity Universit and Lu Wu from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill among others.


The #ISOJ Journal is an awesome resource for anyone whose interested in online journalism.

On top of the two research panel discussions, there is also going to be a “research breakfast” on April 16th that starts around 8 AM Central Standard Time.


Avery Holton, an assistant professor at the University of Utah is going to talk to the crowd about how virtual reality can be utilized in research as well as teaching.

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