A new course called ‘Glass Journalism’ is all set to start at the University of Southern California (USC) this fall semester.
The course aims to train students in new ways of journalism, especially focusing on the use of Google Glass and augmented reality.
USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism professor Robert Hernandez, who previously worked as the director of The Seattle Times, believes that this class is a proactive step towards journalism of the future. He explains that this type of platform is so new that there are no defined dos and don’t for this type of journalism yet and hence this presents a unique opportunity to create something new for the industry.
The Glass Journalism class is a ‘one of a kind’ one and presents the unique opportunity for journalism students to get on top of technology trends before they become common use.
The class gives journalism students a head start with the uses of Google Glass, especially where they were previously mere followers of new technology like social media and mobiles.
While the class is set to be an open one for all University students, Hernandez will personally approve each sign up. The expected sign up is 12 students, each belonging to a variety backgrounds and majors.
Though the class is intended for the betterment of journalism, it is open to other disciplines such as computer engineering, design and public relations too.
The course syllabus involves the creation of Google Glass apps that will improve the ease of storytelling as well as story consumption. The course is designed to answer pertinent questions such as how can readers create as well as watch stories using Glass and also how long form content will look like on it.
As the device is not commercially available yet and because most people have never even worn the Google Glass before, these questions are very important as well as difficult.
Hernandez has his own Google Glass courtesy his glass explorer application with Google and a few of his students own a few pairs, making it a total of approximately five glasses for the class.
USC hopes that this class will help their students shape the journalism industry of the future. This is especially beneficial since the industry has been historically slow in adopting new technologies, says Hernandez. He is excited to take on this new challenge and raring to advance the field of journalism.