|McClatchy New Ventures Lab Names Four Creators for Its Inaugural Storytellers-in-Residence Program|
-- Creators Will Break New Ground with 3D Nonfiction Experiences on Mobile --
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 18, 2018 – McClatchy (NYSE American: MNI) announced today its inaugural class of Storytellers-in-Residence. The four creators will train at McClatchy New Ventures Lab and focus on 3D augmented reality experiences on mobile platforms. They will develop episodic content aimed at connecting with new audiences and study distribution and monetization models.
The creators will be based at the McClatchy New Ventures Lab located in the Sacramento Valley Train Station. The 10,000-square-foot digital production facility was created to develop the next stage in immersive nonfiction storytelling using cutting edge digital tools such as augmented reality, virtual reality and 360-degree video.
The Storytellers-in-Residence join the McClatchy New Ventures Lab team as full-time, salaried McClatchy employees for the next six months, and will be mentored by industry partners and thought leaders. The four creators are:
"Applicants for this program brought an exceptional level of experience, talent and expertise," said Meghan Sims, McClatchy's Director of Strategic Video Initiatives who leads the operation in Sacramento. "Producing immersive experiences requires a mix of diverse skill sets and I'm confident that this first cohort will create work that will have a strong impact on the industry and the medium," she added.
McClatchy New Ventures Lab features workstations for content producers, a private editing suite, several multi-functional rooms with video and sound recording capabilities, a technology showcase and studio production space. It also serves as a space for convening groups and holding trainings.
"The space is designed to serve as a vibrant hub for developing and nurturing a creator community locally and industry-wide," said Andrew Pergam, McClatchy's Vice President, for Video and New Ventures. "McClatchy New Ventures Lab will showcase the latest video technologies, host screenings, workshops and social events, and provide co-working opportunities with collaborators like Google and YouTube."
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