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Communications Professor Leads Mobile Journalism Movement

June 7, 2013

Communications Lecturer Allissa Richardson is preparing her students for the jobs of the future. She teaches the use of emerging technology in her mobile and online journalism classes, preparing students for careers creating digital content for websites, social media, and mobile applications.

Named a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator for her innovative teaching style, Richardson has established a mobile journalism lab in the Department of Communications where undergraduate students learn how to use iPads and iPods to report the news.

Most recently, Richardson worked with two communications students to cover the Bowie State University 2013 Spring Commencement where First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker. Equipped with iPads, junior James Harrison, III and sophomore Britney Pollard recorded the commencement speeches and crowd reactions, as well as interviewed graduates and parents about their experience. Richardson trained the students to use the iPads and Apple software to record, edit and upload short videos from the commencement to Youtube.

Richardson looks forward to more opportunities for her students to showcase their mobile journalism skills in covering university and community events. Her selection as an Apple Distinguished Educator provides additional Apple equipment and software to her classes, as well as allowing her to share and learn best practices from other educators around the world.

“We are doing cutting-edge work at Bowie State,” she said. “This honor puts what we’re doing on the map.”