University of Southern California is getting a special journalism course that focuses on new Google wearable technology, Google Glass. Elsewhere in northern California, San Franciscans are banning the device, but the southern school is seeking to highlight technology as a means of advancing journalism to the next level.
The small course will be open to all USC students, and web-journalism professor, Robert Hernandez, expects about a dozen students from various backgrounds. In a statement to Mashable about the course, Hernandez explains that Google Glass is “so new, no one has defined what journalism looks like on there. It’s such an opportunity for the journalism industry to jump on there.” On top of reconceptualizing journalism in the wake of new media and wearable tech, students are also expected to make apps for the device.
This class will explore:
- How will these new devices disrupt journalism?
- How can we create journalism content with wearables?
- What is the future of the “article” on this platform?
- What unique experiences can be created for this device?
Hernandez wants to “hijack technology for journalism.” Presumably because the profession has been suffering in the wake of web media that has left newspapers struggling for readership and advertising dollars. Just last December, the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire staff of photojournalists, citing that the business was ” changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news… The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.”
In the wake of the firing spree, the newspaper trained all of its reporters on iPhone photography.