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"Integrating Virtual Worlds into Mainstream Journalism," by Shannon Bohle, BA, MLIS, CDS (Cantab), FRAS, AHIP

Most articles about virtual worlds are published in special academic journals for virtual worlds. Sometimes articles do appear in mainstream magazines, journals, and newspapers that solely feature a virtual world company, organization, or event. Rarely, however, are virtual world events integrated into larger issue pieces about the real world. Integrating real world and virtual world activities together is called "mixed reality" but "mixed reality" journalistic pieces where virtual news integrates with regular news as a blended writing piece could occur more frequently. "Librarians and the Era of the MOOC," published in the blog “Scientific and Medical Libraries” in association with Nature.com and Spektrum der Wissenschaft (the German version of Scientific American) under the umbrella of the Nature Publishing Group does just that. The article, which is about MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses), integrates Second Life events in a story about the larger issue of MOOCs generally. In particular, the poster displays snapshots from the article of a MOOC study group held Second Life as well as a symposium on MOOCs featuring live in-world lectures by four avatars. In that sense, the submitted poster provides an example where the author of the article and this poster envisages and argues for a future of journalistic balance where virtual world news is better integrated into mainstream news stories and their social media sites.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/SciMedLibraries
Blog: http://www.scilogs.com/scientific_and_medical_libraries POSTER SESSION DETAILS

From 10:50 AM until 11:50 AM Pacific Time (1:50 PM until 2:50 PM Eastern Time) visit the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference Poster Session. Stop by, check out my poster, "Integrating Virtual Worlds into Mainstream Journalism," and ask questions. (Link: http://slurl.com/secondlife/EduCommons%20Alpha/34/104/23).

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  • ABSTRACTIntegrating Virtual Worlds into Mainstream JournalismMost articles about virtual worlds are published in special academic journals for virtual worlds. Sometimes articles do appear in mainstream magazines, journals, and newspapers that solely feature a virtual world company, organization, or event. Rarely, however, are virtual world events integrated into larger issue pieces about the real world. Integrating real world and virtual world activities together is called "mixed reality" but "mixed reality" journalistic pieces where virtual news integrates with regular news as a blended writing piece could occur more frequently. "Librarians and the Era of the MOOC," published in the blog “Scientific and Medical Libraries” in association with Nature.com and SpektrumderWissenschaft (the German version of Scientific American) under the umbrella of the Nature Publishing Group does just that. The article, which is about MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses), integrates Second Life events in a story about the larger issue of MOOCs generally. In particular, the poster displays snapshots from the article of a MOOC study group held Second Life as well as a symposium on MOOCs featuring live in-world lectures by four avatars. In that sense, the submitted poster provides an example where the author of the article and this poster envisages and argues for a future of journalistic balance where virtual world news is better integrated into mainstream news stories and their social media sites. Related URLs: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SciMedLibrariesBlog: http://www.scilogs.com/scientific_and_medical_librariesPOSTER SESSION DETAILSFrom 10:50 AM until 11:50 AM Pacific Time (1:50 PM until 2:50 PM Eastern Time) visit the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference Poster Session. Stop by, check out my poster, "Integrating Virtual Worlds into Mainstream Journalism," and ask questions. (Link: http://slurl.com/secondlife/EduCommons%20Alpha/34/104/23).