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Pioneering Virtual Reality and New Video Technologies in Journalism

Marcelle Hopkins, deputy video editor at The Times, trying on virtual reality technology at a V.R. event this month. (Credit: Danny Ghitis for The New York Times)

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Marcelle Hopkins, deputy video editor and co-director of virtual reality at The Times, discussed the tech she is using.

Video has changed a lot in recent years. How have you and the video department incorporated new video technologies and what technologies has the department helped pioneer for journalism?

Journalists and technologists from various parts of The Times started experimenting with virtual reality a few years ago. We launched NYT VR in November 2015 with the publication of the V.R. documentary The Displaced (about three children displaced by war) and the distribution of more than 1 million Google Cardboard headsets to our subscribers. Since then, we’ve produced more than 20 V.R. films, and we learn a lot with each one.

Last year, we launched The Daily 360, a series that produces a 360-degree video from somewhere in the world every day.

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