Strategic Communication Workshop: The Virtual Reality Revolution – Dawn of a New Medium


Mar 08, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Columbia University, Faculty House (116th St. bet. Amsterdam and Morningside Dr.), Skyline Ballroom

Join the Strategic Communication Program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies for a workshop and reception with Niko Chauls

What can we learn from the past as we look to the future? How do we escape a lifetime of traditional media consumption and explore a new medium with open minds and minimal preconceptions? Take a deep dive into the world of Virtual Reality content creation through the lens of news as we explore the nexus of new technologies and storytelling. We will cover the myriad flavors of VR, the emerging language, the challenges and promise of current hardware and software, ethics (briefly), and more. We will discuss the terrifying and exhilarating change that VR portends for storytellers and content consumers as we examine our traditional understanding of a narrative story arc.

Preferred RSVP by: Friday, March 3, 2017

For questions and further information, please contact Colleen Baldino:

About the speaker:

At the USA TODAY NETWORK, Niko Chauls is responsible for applying emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, 360 video, mixed reality, and other immersive wonders to create experiential storytelling experiences. In his previous roles at Microsoft, he led global editorial initiatives across MSN in 50+ markets, strategy, development and production of original content franchises. He has worked for Time Warner, AOL and Netscape, always operating at the nexus of journalism and new technologies. He lives in Seattle with his family, pets, and chickens.


Niko Chauls, USA Today Network Director of Emerging Technology