Immersive Journalism Pioneer Snags AP-Google Scholarship

Nonny de la Peña is no stranger to heady praise. Last holiday season for example, she was singled out by Fast Company as one of “The 13 People Who Made the World More Creative in 2012.”

Now, thanks to an AP-Google $20,000 scholarship, the former Newsweek correspondent, documentary filmmaker and USC Annenberg Fellow doctoral candidate will be well-positioned during the 2013-14 school year to make journalism even more “immersive.” From this week’s announcement:

De la Peña’s focus is on pioneering immersive journalism, a groundbreaking way for first person experiences of the news using virtual reality and gaming platforms. A graduate of Harvard University, her award-winning documentary films have screened in more than 50 cities globally and she also co-founded the Knight News Challenge winner Stroome.

De la Peña is one of six students to receive scholarships in the second year of this great AP-Google program. Also among this year’s talented crop is Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Erik Reyna, who is developing Web tools to help journalists fashion news gathering/distribution templates. Samples of de la Peña’s work can be found here.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.