In her talk about journalism, Nonny de la Peña discusses how virtual reality can be used to expand empathy and make people care about important news stories. The technological development allows people to experience the news not just visually or by hearing it, but to fully engage with their whole bodies. The speaker describes a sensation of being in two places at once and how tenets of journalistic integrity can be used to heighten the interactivity.
The talk about journalism lists three examples of how virtual reality amplified a significant story: hunger in Los Angeles, the Syrian refugee crisis and the Treyvon Martin case. Nonny de la Peña believes this intersection of news and technology could become a mainstream media source moving forwards and sees a greater audience reaction than ever before.