CronkitePro Session: Immersive Journalism: News & Documentary for the 21st Century

The Cronkite School’s acclaimed “teaching hospital” model of education has been adapted to offer professionals hands-on instruction and real-world training under the guidance of top industry leaders. CronkitePro allows professionals in media and communications to accelerate their careers and grow their skill sets.

New CronkitePro Session

Designed for news & documentary producers, journalists and filmmakers, this one-day lab will give a hands-on introduction to virtual, augmented and mixed reality and immersive storytelling for nonfiction.

Experts and leaders from the immersive industry will guide professionals through a day-long workshop providing hands-on learning with the latest immersive technology and how to harness virtual and augmented reality to enhance the story and revolutionize how audiences interact with news and documentary programming.

Registration opens October 15, 2022. Request Information today to receive a 15% off discount code when registration opens.

Session Details

Date: Friday, February 10, 2023
Location: ASU California Center, 1111 South Broadway, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Cost: $695

“News and documentary journalists need to get ahead of this impending revolution and get a handle on why this should be an exciting avenue to reach new audiences and grow viewership.”

– Nonny de la Peña

Session Leaders

Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña is the program director of ASU’s Narrative and Emerging Media program, where she leads a best-in-class research and graduate program with a focus on new narratives developed using emerging media technologies in the areas of arts, culture and nonfiction. She comes to the new Los Angeles-based center — a joint undertaking by The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication — with more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning writer, director and producer in virtual, augmented and extended reality, film, print and television. Read more about Nonny.


Mary Matheson
Mary Matheson

Mary Matheson is an award-winning immersive director specializing in character-led social impact film-making for documentaries, high-end branded content, commercials and PSAs. Her clients have included Google, Lenovo, the United Nations, UK Government (BEIS), Save the Children and Plan International. Her films have been broadcast on mainstream platforms like the BBC & Channel 4 in the UK, as well as at international festivals and events such as the UN Climate Change Summit, UN General Assembly, Sheffield Doc Festival, Annecy International Animation Festival & EarthX film festival. She cut her teeth as a journalist in Colombia, covering the capture of the Cali cartel for the Guardian, NPR and TIME Magazine. Since then she has filmed in multiple post-conflict zones, focusing on untold stories and under-represented narratives. Mary is Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s center for Narrative & Emerging Media in Los Angeles.