Journalism in Virtual Worlds


  • Ricardo Cruz University of Porto
  • Ricardo Fernandes University of Porto



cyber journalism, immersive journalism, digital immigration


This article is based on the idea that immersive journalism in virtual worlds, specifically in Second Life, has similarities with online journalism. To sustain this premise, the literature reviewed will follow the debate about journalism on the Internet, writing and reporting across new media, and speculate on the idea that a new concept of journalism in virtual worlds is growing, as an example of a new trend in journalistic practice. Questions such as the legitimacy of new forms of journalism, and especially of the pertinence of new environments, where they may be put to practice, will be addressed. Consequently, the focus on this paper is journalism in 3D environments. The discussion will provide ideas of new trends on an old business.