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.

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