The New York Times to Produce and Publish 360° Video, Made Possible with Technology from Samsung
NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2016 — The New York Times and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the launch of The Daily 360, a first-of-its-kind visual digital journalism project produced by The Times newsroom, that will deliver at least one 360° video every day, enabling viewers to see the news from all angles. Samsung is providing Gear 360 cameras and equipment to Times journalists around the world to use while reporting out in the field.
Starting Nov. 1, The Daily 360 will be published to Times platforms, including NYTimes.com and its mobile and VR apps, as well as to Samsung VR, the company’s premium virtual reality content service. In addition, Samsung 837 is building an evergreen experience to feature Daily 360 content within its Explore with Galaxy area, where guests of 837 can immerse themselves in Times journalism.
The debut video takes viewers to Sana, Yemen to see the first-hand effects of the ongoing conflict there. The footage was shot by New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Tyler Hicks and Times Middle East correspondent Ben Hubbard.
“From Snowfall to The Upshot to The Displaced, the award-winning VR film that blazed the trail in VR journalism, The Times has been the leader in visual digital storytelling,” said Dean Baquet, executive editor, The New York Times. “Whether The Times is on the campaign trail, the front lines of Aleppo, or in the front row at Fashion Week, The Daily 360 brings you there to bear witness with us.”
The project will usher in a new era in journalism, as the first attempt at daily 360° immersive reporting from a major national publication. Times correspondents and photographers around the world will create The Daily 360 reports, which will be run by a team of VR leaders in The Times’s New York newsroom. In the days before the presidential election, Times correspondents across the country will be filing footage from both the campaign trail and from locations where the biggest issues play out on the ground.
“It’s because of Samsung’s support and filming technology that we’re able to give global audiences a true sense of what it means when The New York Times is covering the breadth of what’s happening in the world,” added Meredith Kopit Levien, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, The New York Times Company. “Last year we delivered the VR experience to the masses, along with dozens of VR films since then, but now it’s time to make 360 video a part of the daily news report, as common as text or interactives.”
“Virtual reality storytelling isn’t just exciting and immersive, it can forge a lasting and empathetic connection between viewers and subjects,” said Marc Mathieu, chief marketing officer at Samsung Electronics America. “In collaborating with The New York Times, we want Samsung’s innovative products and services to show how coverage of the world’s most important stories can be made richer, more useful, and more human when augmented by 360-degree experiences.”
The Times and Samsung will mark the launch of The Daily 360 with an event and panel discussion about the future of news, that will feature Times journalists Sam Dolnick, senior editor; Lisa Tobin, executive producer, audio; and Marcelle Hopkins, executive producer, 360 news; moderated by Jake Silverstein, editor in chief, The New York Times Magazine, at Samsung 837 on Thursday, Nov. 10 in New York City.
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