A 6-month Climate Change Immersive Story Accelerator

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The Climate Change Immersive Story Accelerator is a new 6-month media support programme for journalists and producers who are eager to get started with immersive stories on climate change.

As a pilot project, the European Forest Institute and the Global Editors Network have joined forces to launch Lookout360° that focuses on 360 video storytelling on climate change.

What We Offer


A total of 10 journalists and producers working for 10 different media houses will be invited to a in-field bootcamp on 1-2 February 2018 that offers a training on climate change storytelling and a crash course on 360° video filming and post-production. To offer a unique first-hand experience, the bootcamp will be organised in the north of Finland, in Lapland, where Sami people live. We are partnering with the Sami Parliament in Finland to put a spotlight on the indigenous community, and the participants are free to produce a story from this trip, if they wish to do so.


After the bootcamp, the programme offers the opportunity for the group to connect with and hear from game-changing journalists, scientists and 360-degree video experts to get inspired the participants. We will also help the participants develop, produce and publish a story within a 3-month period.


The final projects will be showcased at the GEN Summit in Lisbon on 30 May – 1 June 2018, both on the conference main stage and in the GEN Dome, an immersive storytelling-focused exhibition. The GEN Summit will be attended by 750+ editors and feature speakers incl. Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Borge Brende (World Economic Forum) and many more.


Jean-Yves Chainon

Director of AR, VR & 360 Video at the Global Editors Network, photographer and filmmaker, Jean-Yves Chainon has also served as a VR/360 Producer at The New York Times and his work has been featured in publications such as The Washington Post and AJ+. He is also the CEO of JYC, an augmented and virtual reality production studio. He graduated from Brown University and has previously served on a one-year contract working on Google Ads and as a social media and digital news specialist for the US State Department.

His work

Houston Family Returns to a Flooded Home
Inside One of Houston's Improvised Shelters
See more here.

Carole Chainon

Carole Chainon is a VR Producer at the Global Editors Network and also the COO of JYC, an augmented reality, virtual reality and 360 video production studio. Her work has been featured in publications such as Discovery‘s VR affiliate Seeker and AJ+, and showcased by Samsung VR and the Newseum. She’s helped with the production of the GEN Summit, VR Studio, and to manage GEN's VR Study Tours. Carole also has an MBA.

Her work

Explore Patagonia's Disappearing Glaciers
LA Community Health Project
See more here.


Alan Rusbridger

Principal, Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford

Alan Rusbridger was editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media from 1995 – 2015 and now is Principal of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. He is member of The Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian and the Observer and will take over as Chair later this year.

Rusbridger's career began on the Cambridge Evening News, where he trained as a reporter before first joining the Guardian in 1979.

Born in Zambia, he graduated from Magdalene College Cambridge University with a degree in English in 1976. He was a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and is a visiting professor of history at Queen Mary's College, London and Cardiff University. He has honorary doctorates from Lincoln, Oslo and Kingston Universities.

A keen amateur pianist and clarinettist, Rusbridger has been chair of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Photographers' Gallery in London.

He is the author of three children's books, published by Penguin. He was the co-author, with Ronan Bennett, of the two-part BBC One drama, Fields of Gold. Additionally, he has written a full-length animation film script and a play about Beethoven.

Dr. John M. Reilly

Co-Director, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Dr. Reilly is a Co-Director of the Joint Program and a Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management. As an energy, environmental and agricultural economist, he is focused on understanding the contribution of human activities to global environmental change and the effects of environmental change on the economy and society. A key element of his work is the integration of models of the global economy (representing human activity) with models of the ocean, atmosphere and terrestrial vegetation. 

Centered on the integrated assessment of climate change, Dr. Reilly’s work is published in more than 150 articles, reports and volume chapters. He has served in multiple capacities on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was the Co-Chair of the US National Agricultural Assessment on Climate Variability and Change, served on early committees in the Federal government that shaped the direction of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and participated in a wide range of other advisory committees. 

Prior to joining MIT in 1998, Dr. Reilly spent 15 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, and previously for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Energy Analysis, Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He holds PhD (1983) and MS (1980) degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS (1978) degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Learn more about Dr. John Reilly.

Zahra Rasool 

Editorial Lead for Contrast VR at Al Jazeera

Zahra Rasool is the Editorial Lead for Contrast VR — Al Jazeera’s new immersive media studio where she focuses on the production of compelling 360-degree video, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content. Before joining Al Jazeera's Innovation Team, she was the Managing Editor of HuffPost RYOT where she was responsible for RYOT's editorial strategy, managing the content team and combining journalistic storytelling with VR and 360-degree technology and in 2015, she founded her own startup Gistory.

Her background is in documentary filmmaking and she is very passionate about new emerging platforms and immersive storytelling in shaping the future of the media.

Thomas Seymat

VR Editor, Euronews

Thomas Seymat is the VR editor of Euronews where he leads the implementation of an innovative immersive journalism workflow. Since June 2016 he has orchestrated the production of 130+ 360°/VR experiences. He has trained journalists and spoken at conferences throughout Europe, and is an ambassador of the Journalism360 initiative. 
Before, as a digital journalist he led euronews' live-blogs operations, produced data-visualisations, and reported on European news. 

Prior to Euronews, he wrote for French and English-speaking media. He has received a journalism award from the European Commission in 2009.

Alexander Held

Senior Expert, EFI Resilience Programme

Alexander Held holds MSc in Forest Science from Freiburg University, Germany. He started as a fire ecologist at the Fire Ecology working group of the Max-Planck Society, got a number of operational qualifications in the US and South Africa. He moved from fire ecology to fire management and worked with the Global Fire Monitoring Center GFMC in Europe and southern Africa. Later, Alex worked with the South African Working on Fire Program WoF, from its early beginnings till 2012, when he joined the European Forest Institute EFI.

At the EFI, Alex works on the establishment of the European Forest Risk Facility, where the exchange of expertise and knowledge, mutual assistance and cooperation in Europe is the tool to create more resilient landscapes. His expertise is in risk fire, silviculture and deer management.

... and more (female) mentors to be announced.

Benefits, Eligibility & Selection Criteria


  • Training on 360-degree video production, post-production and newsroom implementation

  • Opportunity to learn on how to cover climate change with a scientific mindset

  • Mentorship support by 360-degree video experts after the field trip to get you started

  • A 360-degree video camera (Insta360 One) and an invisible selfie stick to bring back to your newsroom

  • Chance to get your final work showcased in front of hundreds of editors at the GEN Summit 2018

  • A story to take away from the field-trip in Lapland, Finland


  • You are a journalist or producer who has (near to) zero or little experience with 360-video storytelling
  • You are committed to publish at least one 360-degree video before the GEN 2018 Summit
  • You cover climate change-related topics, including human interest stories
  • You are excited about immersive storytelling, but need support to get started
  • You are able to travel to Ivalo, Finland, on 1-2 February 2018
  • You can travel on foot and are ready for the challenge of being in cold weather (down to -35°C!)
  • You are able to cover local transport costs and expenses outside of the bootcamp days
  • You are able to communicate well and follow the crash course in English
  • Your newsroom editor/manager agrees to the above and can articulate their support

Selection Criteria

  • Your commitment:
    Participant must commit to fully take part in the programme, including the bootcamp in Lapland and mentorship sessions (4x30 min online sessions during February - May 2018).
  • Minimum one video:
    Newsroom/editorial team must commit to support the publication of at least one video before the GEN 2018 Summit, with reference to Lookout360° in the credits of the published video. Additional support from newsrooms is ideal but not required. Our programme will equip the participants to be able to cover the entire process of filming, production and publishing directly to the social channels such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc.
  • Your location:
    We are working with limited budget to cover logistics costs for the bootcamp in Finland; that’s why our primary focus is on Europe-based participants. Are you based outside of Europe? Please apply nevertheless - we may find a solution to get you join the initiative.
Interested in joining Lookout360°?

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The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an independent international science organisation which generates, connects and shares knowledge at the interface between science and policy. EFI has 28 member countries who have ratified the Convention, and 115 member organizations in 37 countries, working in diverse research fields.


The Global Editors Network (GEN) is committed to sustainable journalism, empowering newsrooms and media innovators through a variety of programmes designed to inspire, connect and share. The organization is a community of more than 1300 Editors-in-Chief and media professionals from all platforms. It is a non-profit, non-governmental association.


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