A Bowie State professor has been selected for a Harvard fellowship to construct a massive open online course for mobile journalism.
Allissa Richardson of Bowie is at Massachusetts-based Harvard University helping build a curriculum to teach journalists, students and motivated people how to use tablets and smart phones to report the news. Richardson’s fellowship was made possible by the Nieman Foundation, which selects journalism fellows each year.
Richardson said she chose to do the massive open online course model so that anyone can gain access to the class. Massive open online courses allow large groups of students to take courses on the Internet.
“[The class] will teach students how to shoot, edit and report the news all from a smart phone,” Richardson said. “If they are an amateur, they can kind of be brought up to speed on what the professional world of journalism is.”
Richardson said she hopes the class will be available for the fall 2014 semester and plans for the course to be widely available.