Elizabeth Skewes is an associate professor and chair of the Journalism Department in the CMCI at CU Boulder. She is a former reporter for newspapers in West Virginia and Florida, and has worked as a freelance reporter for newspapers in New York and Colorado. Her research focuses on media sociology and news practices, the media’s role in electoral politics, and politics in popular culture. She also is working on new research involving media coverage of mass tragedies and the victims of those events.


Flash session: Exploring the Impact of Immersive Storytelling

This project experiments with digital storytelling platforms to help determine the impact of 360 video, augmented reality, and virtual reality storytelling on viewers. Using the case study oil and gas extraction, the research team produced stories featuring the same information in all three interactive forms. We then asked audience members to view the stories so that we could assess, through a quasi-experimental design and through focus groups, which of the story formats resulted in greater connection to the story and to the issues raised in it.