Telling The Rest of the Story

Project Mentor:
  Evan Golub (Computer Science, HCIL)

Pilot FIA Spark Grant Student Team:
  Tom Hausman (Journalism)
  Hannah Klarner (Journalism)
  Abby Mergenmeier (Journalism)
  Jordan Mess (Computer Science)

Today we can read a story and see a photo or video clip, but we miss anything not in the frame. This can remove valuable context, and even credibility and trust, in some situations.

We are a team at the University of Maryland exploring the question of, "What if we could augment the reader experience to allow them to see and explore what was going on around the photojournalist at, and perhaps even just before and after, the moment presented?"

Through this pilot work, with funding from the FIA Spark Grant program, we are developing techniques and tools to use 360-degree photos and video to augment news articles to help tell The Rest of the Story. We have explored different ways to create and utilize this 360-degree content and written an article Regatta Reality that presents some observations and experiences in the context of covering a high school regatta.

Posting 360-degree videos created to show the point of view of photojournalists covering protests around DC on Inauguration Day, and in the Capitol Building the evening of the President's address to a joint session of Congress can help media consumers obtain an overall feel for the process and setting.

Example news articles with embedded links to 360-degree augmented content for protests around the inauguration of Donald Trump, President Trump speaking at CPAC 2017, Vice President Pence and Kellyanne Conway speaking at the 44th Annual March for Life, the March for Science, and Gymkana performing at Maryland Day demonstrate different ways that a traditional online article could provide extra context for a written story to a skeptical media consumer.

Watching and looking around a narrated 360-degree walk-through of a place or situation where journalists find themselves but the average media consumer might not, such as the Press Corps area in the West Wing of the White House, can provide a reader with a more detailed mental image of the context of certain events.

A 360-degree timelapse video over the course of an event such as a snowball fight on McKeldin Mall can also provide a different take of a scene for interested readers.

We are also working to conceptually design, and even prototype some, tools to support the extraction and matching of 360-degree photos and video clips to traditional still photos, and to support the integration of that content into web pages.

This page last modified on Wednesday, 28-Jun-2017 10:15:23 EDT.

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