USA Today Straps In for Second Season of Virtual Reality Show

The first episode of season two of “VRtually There” puts viewers inside the Goodyear Blimp

Last Updated: May 9, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

Gannett is taking being in the news to a whole new level. The newspaper company’s USA Today Network announced Tuesday that it is bringing back virtual reality news experience “VRtually There” for a second season.

“VRtually There” is a weekly show that gives viewers a fully immersive look at events and moments ranging from a climb in an Arizona desert canyon to being smack-dab in the middle of a political protest. The program debuted in October and reeled in more than 10 million views.

The first episode of Season 2, which premiered today at 9:30 a.m. ET (the rest of the weekly episodes go live at 4 p.m.), will bring viewers along for a hang gliding trip in Hawaii, a ride on the Goodyear Blimp, and face-to-face with giant elephant seals.

The second season of “VRtually There” will run through July, and the weekly VR experiences are available on the USA Today app, YouTube app, Google Play store, Google’s Daydream and on YouTube.

“With over 10 million views of ‘VRtually There,’ we are bringing together amazing advances in VR technology and an even higher ambition to tell the most gripping stories and bring new experiences to our audience in VR,” executive producer David Hamlin, said in a statement. “We are focused on five content areas that we know our audience enjoyed based on prior performance, and are even more unique and thrilling for viewers.”

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