Looking to the Future

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve reached the point in this course, and in the entire graduate program, where things are wrapping up and it’s time to look to the future. Of course, this entire program has been focused on the future, so I feel very well equipped to think about my future, and very excited for the possibilities.

I have always been a journalist and a storyteller, and being in this program has inspired in me a love for different mediums, like video, audio, and interactive data. Taking a data journalism class allowed me to see the value of using data to create infographics that contribute to, or even fully tell, a story. And now that I’ve been exposed to emerging technologies, I can envision a future in which data journalism moves to a new level and becomes even more valuable. Using 3D scanning, photogrammetry and virtual reality, infographics can be taken from 2D point-and-click experiences to immersive, interactive pieces that give viewers a true idea of how the data interacts and why it is important.

I think virtual reality will eventually become the norm and take over people’s media experiences, but I’d personally like to see a more balanced future, where augmented reality or short virtual reality experiences are used more heavily, and people still take the time to experience real life. I can see location-based AR and location-based interactive data giving people a more immersive media experience that also keeps them in touch with reality.

Personally, I’d love to continue my career as a storyteller, and delve into a lot more mediums, becoming a multimedia storyteller who knows how to produce, create and share content. Data journalism struck a chord with me, and I’d like to be involved with the way forward on creating interactive data that tells important stories.

Thanks for a great class!

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