This fall, student at the University of South California will have an opportunity to take a new course called Glass Journalism at the university’s Annenberg School of Journalism. The curriculum of the course will teach students how to properly use Google Glass. In addition, the course “aims to create apps for the wearable device to help journalists do their jobs more effectively.” Students in the class will work together in teams to design these applications specifically for the Glass platform. Google Glass has been taught in other schools like Syracuse University and University of Boston, however, USC is the first school to offer a semester-long course strictly focused on Glass Journalism.
Robert Hernandez is the professor who will teach the course at USC. Hernandez is a realist who has created courses at the university that prepares students for the future of journalism. With the support of the journalism school’s dean, Ernest James Wilson III, Hernandez has taught various classes, such as an augmented reality course, that highlights emerging markets and its effect on the advancement of journalism. “Hernandez said journalists have been followers — not trailblazers — when using other technology like mobile and social media, but that the industry has a chance for a head start with Glass. ”
“At USC, Hernandez hopes his students will change journalism, an industry with deeply rooted practices that tends to be slow to change with technology. It starts with those in leadership positions within the field, Hernandez explained, a major reason why he’s excited to take on this new challenge. ”
“As someone who hijacks technology for journalism, I want to be proactive about shaping what journalism will look like on this,” said Hernandez.
The question I have though: Are professors, such as Hernandez, killing traditional journalism? Are these futuristic classes influencing journalism schools to place less of an importance on class, such as newswriting, which teaches students the basic skills of traditional reporting?
I fear if we focus too much on technology classes, graduating students will know how to use advancement equipment, but will not be able write a proper news article. Education is the key to the future. Therefore, if technology classes are becoming more of the norm in schools, this could potentially correlate to the decreasing popularity of traditional journalism, such as newspapers. I agree with Hernandez that it is important to prepare journalism students for futuristic change. I mean, my generation will have entered the professional world when devices, such as Google Glass, will be at their prime. However, I do not want to see journalism schools pulling away from teaching students important traditional skills. If journalism students cannot write and read…nobody can!
It still just amazes to me that technology has such an influence on us…right down to our school curriculums! Yes, the era of technology is right on our heels, I am just not ready to say goodbye to good old fashion journalism.