Reuters to produce VR news content with Samsung Gear 360 cameras

Samsung is outfitting 50 Reuters photojournalists across 25 countries with its new Gear 360 cameras in a new global initiative to drive 360-degree journalism, Digital Trends has learned.

The cameras and new content will fuel Focus 360 – Reuters’ new virtual reality and 360-degree video and photography worldwide news portal, which launches online and on Android August 2 and on iOS August 5, the company told us. Users of newer Samsung Galaxy phones, including the S6 and S7, will also be able to watch Focus 360 content on the Samsung Gear VR headset. The news was part of an official business partnership announced Thursday.

“Our agreement with Samsung allows us to enhance our visual journalism and provide a more absorbing experience for our viewers,” Stephen Adler, Reuters Editor-in-Chief and President, said in a statement. He added that VR and 360-degree content will help viewers gain a new perspective and better understanding of the context of a news story.

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