International Center for Journalists
Here's a really good tipsheet on getting started with basic equipment and start to finish on a 360 project.
A program that keeps popping up concerning VR journalism is USC Annenberg, and several of its professors, including Robert Hernandez, who has a Tumblr on VR journalism. Here's his VR tip sheet. Here's a video promoting one of his VR classes below.
A Joint Investigation
A joint investigative VR project with his students and Pro Publica and the Texas Tribune got lots of conference and even media attention. Below some of the work for this project on Houston being at risk of extreme Hurricane damage.
Nonny de la Pena
The so-called "godmother of VR", Nonny de la Pena, is also now a senior research fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She's popular on the Ted evangelical circuits as below in Berlin.
Coming from the USC snd Emblematic families, Kevin Tsukii also has primers and best practices for slightly more advanced gear such as here. Below a video stitching program he promotes.
Dan Pacheco at Syracuse University teaches a Virtual Reality Storytelling class. He promotes the Harvest of Change report he worked on, an "explanatory journalism project" using 360-video about an Iowa farm family.
Sarah Hill, StoryUp, Google News Lab/ the Knight Foundation and Journalism 360
Read all about this initiative spearheaded by Sarah Hill from StoryUp, which collaborates with CBS, here. This Medium page for Journalism 360 compilates a lot of the cheerleaders and innovators mentioned in this posting.
On the research side, Sue Ding at the MIT Open Documentary LAB, looks into the past, present and future of VR storytelling.
Primers on Basics and Interrogations of VR Storytelling
There's the Google Group on VR journalism which has a plethora of useful guides.
Here's the Huffington Post own primer on the basics of VR storytelling with examples.
The Perspectives VR Group has an interesting and very basic article (screengrab below), on what might work and what might not work when news organizations go 360.
Here's another article saying VR isn't quite there yet.