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Award-winning Bowie State professor named Visiting Fellow at Harvard

Allissa Richardson to develop online course for mobile journalism

3/28/2014, 6 a.m.
A Bowie State University professor will develop a massive open online course (MOOC) to teach people how to effectively report ...
Award-winning Bowie State professor Aliisa Richardson named Visiting Fellow at Harvard (Courtesy Photo)

— A Bowie State University professor will develop a massive open online course (MOOC) to teach people how to effectively report the news using mobile devices, as one of five 2014 Visiting Fellows from Harvard University’s prestigious Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

Starting this week, Allissa Richardson, lecturer of journalism, will spend two weeks as a scholar-in-residence, building the online class as a free tool to teach veteran journalists, citizens, and journalism students how to effectively report news using only tablets, mp3 players or smart phones.

She started working on the course in fall 2013 and will continue her work at Harvard, as well as giving talks on moAward-winning Bowie State professor named Visiting Fellow at Harvardbile journalism and exchanges ideas with other Visiting Fellows.

“Mobile journalism is an increasingly vital skill for the public to have. In times of crisis, the ordinary citizen journalist who is armed with a smart phone is often the only eyewitness we have,” said Richardson said. “When more people know about how to gather and interpret news that happens around them, the media ecosystem becomes a richer, more diverse place.”

Professor Richardson has been widely recognized for her innovations in mobile journalism. She was named a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator for her creative teaching style, enabling Bowie State to receive Apple equipment and software for the mobile journalism lab she established in the Department of Communications. She was also named the 2012 National Association of Black Journalism Educator of the Year.