Lookout360° Climate Change Immersive Story Accelerator Programme 2018, Finland

Publish Date: Dec 06, 2017

Deadline: Dec 18, 2017


Video offers the most powerful way to tell engaging human stories for digital media. After speaking with 50+ journalists and scientists across the world, we discovered that newsrooms and science communities see the opportunities with telling climate change-related stories in a more innovative way. Yet while there is excitement around immersive videos, many journalists have simply not had the chance to experiment with the new formats. On the other side of spectrum, science communities are questioning how journalists report about the topic, especially how scientific expertise and evidences are used in storytelling.

Lookout360° is the pilot project of our new 6-month immersive storytelling accelerator programme. It combines in-field training and 3-month mentorship to support journalists produce immersive stories with a focus on climate change.

The European Forest Institute and the Global Editors Network are joining forces to launch the pilot project which supports journalists produce 360-degree videos on climate change and people’s lives.

A total of 10 journalists and producers from 10 media houses based in Europe and beyond will be invited to a bootcamp that offers a training on climate change storytelling, as well as a 101 crash course on 360° video filming and post-production. To offer a unique first-hand experience in producing a story focusing on how the local communities are being affected by climate change, the bootcamp will take place in the extreme north of Finland, where the Sami people, the indigenous communities in Lapland, live.

After the in-field bootcamp, the programme gathers scientists and 360-degree video experts to support the participants in developing, iterating and publishing 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.


Jean-Yves ChainonDirector 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.

Carole ChainonCarole 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.


  • 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 to bring back to your newsroom (model TBA)
  • 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


  • 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 stories
  • You are excited about immersive storytelling, but need support to get started
  • You would be 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 how they will support

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