Two Journalism Department faculty members this fall are initiating
a cutting-edge news-reporting practice, thanks to a grant from the Emerging
Technology Committee of the university’s Academic Computing Policy Advisory
David Loomis and Erick Lauber’s innovative
project is called MoJo, for mobile journalism.
Students in Loomis’s News Reporting
classes will be using new grant-funded Apple iPads and accessory hardware and
apps to cover local, breaking news events and to produce timely stories that
incorporate text, audio, photo, and video.
The stories are intended for publication
in the capstone course’s award-winning online newspaper, the HawkEye. A goal is to increase the immediacy of the newspaper’s community coverage.
The new equipment will also be beneficial
to students taking Lauber’s Media Convergence courses that are offered in the
Loomis and Lauber presented their project
at the university’s fifth annual College Technology Day on August 21 in Stouffer
Hall. ACPAC emerging-technology chairman Kenneth Sherwood, of the English
Department, described the MoJo project as a model of the mobile learning that
the grant program aims to foster.
curricular-based MoJo Project parallels a shift from print to multimedia in
news industries. For example, AOL-owned Patch.com online newspapers ringing
Pittsburgh have been using tablet computers as a basic reporting tool for more
than two years. Cindi Lash, former editor of the regional chain and a 1980 IUP
Journalism alumna, consulted on the Loomis-Lauber MoJo Project proposal.
Meanwhile, at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, reporters and editors this year were
equipped with iPads, with encouraging results.
Two weeks into the Fall semester, Loomis
reported that News Reporting students were eager to embrace the new tool.
“Most of them already use iPhones,”
Loomis reported. “The iPads add a couple of features that the phones don’t,
like video editing on the fly. Cool.”
Department of Journalism