Kathleen Ryan


Kathleen Ryan is an associate professor in the Journalism Department at the College of Media, Communication and Information at CU Boulder. She is a documentary filmmaker with more than 20 years of experience in network at local news. Her research and creative work focuses on transformations in storytelling due to shifting media technologies. Ryan received an award of merit from the Broadcast Education Association for the films Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II and Backstretch.


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.