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January 29, 2014
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Award-Winning Professor Named Visiting Journalism Fellow at Harvard

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.

Allissa Richardson, lecturer of journalism, will spend two weeks building the online class as a free online educational tool to teach veteran journalists, citizens, and journalism students how to effectively report news using only tablets, mp3 players or smartphones.

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.

The Nieman Foundation of Journalism works with the Fellows on a project designed to enhance journalism in unique ways. The foundation educates leaders in journalism and raises the standards of the profession by convenng scholars and experts in all fields. More than 1,400 accomplished and promising journalists from 92 countries have been awarded Nieman Fellowships since 1938.

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