Exploring the first wave of 360 video journalism

Esa Sirkkunen, Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Tampere

This paper first briefly introduces the concept and features of ‘360-degree’ or ‘spherical’ video journalism. An analysis model of 360 video content is then presented as well as the preliminary findings of a study on 35 journalistic 360 videos. The results show that the journalistic 360videos seem to follow the general genres and typifications between hard news, human interest stories, documentaries and fiction. The narrative strategies vary from live streaming and short news to slowly and carefully constructed 360 documentaries with animations, embedded texts and visual elements – and sometimes even dramatised scenes. There may be an evolution in progress from eye-witnessing and experiencing visceral effects towards more complicated narrative elements found in the genres of games and fiction.