Break out your smartphones and iPads -- from February 28 to March 4, USC Annenberg will be hosting Mobile News Week.
The weeklong series of guest lectures, hands-on workshops and lunchtime discussions is designed to inspire journalism students to consider the possibilities of this burgeoning form of journalism. Three mobile news experts will lead the week's events: Jason DaPonte, who spent three years as managing editor of BBC Mobile; Amy Gahran, an content strategist and longtime online journalist; and Will Sullivan, a fellow at the University of Missouri Reynolds Institute.
"The goal of Mobile News Week is to help students explore how mobile devices are changing the ways they'll be gathering and disseminating information in their careers," says journalism professor Dana Chinn (pictured, right), who coordinated the week of events. "Not everyone has access to the Internet through a computer, but almost everyone has a mobile phone. This means journalists and public relations professionals have new and innovative ways to reach audiences and serve them more effectively."
Among the week's activities are tip sessions on mobile news gathering techniques for reporting classes; research presentations detailing the latest trends in mobile news production and distribution; and immersive workshops with reporters for Annenberg Radio News and the Intersections website to help expand their mobile offerings. A detailed list of activities is available here.
Mobile News Week is sponsored by the Hearst Foundation and the Knight Digital Media Center, with support from the Annenberg Innovation Lab and the Media, Economics & Entrepreneurship initiative.