Interactive Reporting of the Ferguson Shooting

A virtual-reality experience of the shooting of Michael Brown has been made by graphic journalist Dan Archer. Published on Fusion the project retells the event from the individual viewpoints of 8 witnesses. It can be played as a virtual-reality experience on desktops only or as a simplified mobile version. The full virtual reality version allows the user to move around a 3D model of the streets and buildings which surround the scene of the shooting.

On reaching the viewpoint of any one of the witnesses the graphic version of an individual’s eye witness account is automatically launched. Unfortunately the virtual side of the project is not without some frustrating glitches, but as an experiment in interactive graphic journalism it works very well. It’s well worth looking at, and Dan Archer offers a detailed description of his methodology here.


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