USA Today has created an augmented reality experience to introduce listeners to the history of corruption in Chicago.
Debuting September 24, The City explores the backroom politics of several American cities whose premiere is the Windy City. The first episode of the podcast focuses on how city government, organized crime and federal agencies have teamed to dump rubbish in a vacant lot in Chicago's North Lawndale district.
The AR Today experience available in the USA Today App for iOS presents audiences with a 3D aerial model of the North Lawndale neighborhood
As the audio story unfolds, a time lapse animation of the dump increases in size and height. Visual prompts within the field of view guide the viewer to interesting points on the model throughout the course of the story.
"We are pleased to have brought together such a strong team of public radio, podcasting, investigative reporting, and long-form narrative," said Liz Nelson, vice president of strategic content for the USA Today Network in a statement. "The expertise that brings this team into the city fits in seamlessly with our ongoing mission of producing world-class journalism and compelling content on new digital platforms."
How The New York Times USA Today has begun integrating augmented reality content into the reporting. The AR cover began with a stand-alone app, 321 Launch, to display SpaceX rocket launches. The functionality of the app has since been integrated into the main application of USA Today.
USA Today was not as productive in practice as the Times, whose team has immersive content about one story per month since the launch of AR production in February 2018. Given the fact that Augmented Reality, In particular, in the field of news reporting, technology is still emerging, it will take some time for the media companies to reach the necessary level for more consistent content production – Miss: The weather channel uses Broadcast AR to Warning residents on the way of Hurricane Florence