Mobile News Incubator Fellowships

Mobile News Incubator Fellowship Program
Summer 2012 through May 2013

The Mobile News Incubator Fellowship Program is an exciting opportunity for USC students to develop new ways for people to communicate through mobile phones, tablets and other devices. Bringing together elite students from USC Annenberg, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and the USC Marshall School of Business, the fellowships give exceptional students the chance to develop mobile strategies and platforms that will foster informed and engaged communities.

The Challenge

Mobile communication is now the most effective way to inform and engage local communities. Students will develop mobile-focused communication strategies that will help organizations reach and engage significantly larger audiences. The project will also produce an open-source platform that in the longer term will allow other community groups to provide timely news and information via mobile devices.

This year the student teams are working with TRUST South LA and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center to research, develop and implement develop mobile news, information and services for low-end phones and smartphones.  Using the resources of faculty members from three schools and their own innovative thinking, teams will integrate solutions from communication, journalism, business and engineering to craft economically viable and sustainable mobile platforms.

The fellows presented their strategies, business plans, prototypes and specification documents on June 27 after an intensive six-week summer program.   During the 2012-2013 academic year, a subsequent group of fellows will help TRUST South LA and APALC with implementing the mobile initiatives, and with developing the case studies and guidebook that other nonprofit community groups can use.   

For more information, go to the fellowship blog at

Dana Chinn
Lecturer and Program Director
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

This program is generously funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.