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Telling Stories Using Smartphones: BSU Professor Teaches Mobile Journalism Course

June 30, 2014

Allissa Richardson an Instructor for the Knight Center's Free Online Class

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(Bowie, Md.) – An award-winning Bowie State University professor and mobile journalism expert is joining four instructors to teach a free online course to nearly 3,000 people in 130 countries about how to tell compelling stories using their smartphones.

Assistant Professor Allissa Richardson will provide a basic understanding of mobile reporting in the Knight Center Journalism in the Americas’ massive open online course (MOOC), the first program of its kind specializing in journalism. Richardson’s lesson will also cover how to create and share news as documentaries or narrated photo essays on mobile devices.

The course is designed for journalists, media professionals and anyone who has an interested in learning how to tell stories using these emerging techniques. It runs Monday, June 30 through Monday, August 4. Register and access the course content at the Knight Center’s website.

Richardson has received multiple awards recognizing her expertise in mobile journalism. She was named a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator and a 2014 Nieman Visiting Fellow at Harvard University for her innovative ways of integrating the mobile devices in her teaching.


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