Spatial Awareness: State of the art and future needs of spatial audio journalism

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID:, Martin, Jean and Richards, Ivor (2020) Spatial Awareness: State of the art and future needs of spatial audio journalism. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract / Summary

The best audio journalism is already utterly engrossing and immersive but tools to deliver a vivid sensation of three-dimensional space are increasingly available. Podcasts, interviews, documentaries and short features are all being made using immersive audio. Large broadcasters like Radio France Internationale (RFI) Radio France, the BBC and Germany’s Bayerischer Rundfunk are carrying out research and development. Research has been led by audio engineers and focuses on technical issues. There is therefore still a lack of research focusing on editorial and creative questions of importance for journalists and producers of narrative factual content. The field of immersive journalism meanwhile has concentrated on VR and 360 video, where there is of course a dominant visual component, interactivity and a very different production chain. The Spatial Audio Journalism project (2019-2020) interviewed 18 producers of immersive audio journalism in six countries, to generate understanding of key editorial, creative and professional practice issues for audio journalists using immersive audio. This report summarises the findings and makes recommendations for future research, development and training.

Item Type: Report or Working Paper (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: radio, immersive, spatial, podcast, journalism, media
Subjects: Communication > Media > Digital Media
Writing & Journalism > Journalism
Communication > Media
Writing & Journalism
Depositing User: Abigail Wincott
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2020 08:57
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:22


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