USC Google Glass Journalism - As Seen On Star Trek: Generations
In the 1994 movie Star Trek: Generations, Starfleet Broadcasting sends a group of journalists to cover the maiden voyage of Enterprise B. They flock around Captain Kirk, effortlessly creating videos of their impromptu interviews with their head-mounted journalist equipment.
(Two journalists cover Kirk's comments)
About twenty years later (or 180 years before, depending on which timeline you are following), USC has created a new course called Glass Journalism to debut in the fall semester. The idea is to help journalism students figure out how to use new technologies like Google Glass.
Web-journalism professor Robert Hernandez does believe that this particular class would be able to offer a rare opportunity for journalism in order to remain one step ahead of a budding technology trend. Hernandez figured out that journalists have too long been followers instead of the trailblazers as they were supposed to be, and this class might just give the journalism industry a chance for the future.
Hernandez shared, “As someone who hijacks technology for journalism, I want to be proactive about shaping what journalism will look like on this. This platform 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.”
What exactly can students expect from this futuristic class?
The class, in partnership with the media organizations and a variety of experts, will break up into
small teams to develop new journalism-related apps for the Glass platform, ranging from
content creation to content consumption.
Students will be work together, navigating the different skills, in a series of in- and out-of-class
exercises to that will focus on brainstorming, designing and developing Glass news apps based
on existing media brands/content as well as creating from scratch.
This class is a sandbox for journalism, technology and creativity. You are expected to put in work
to produce a creative prototypes that are aimed at a public launch.
Also, fans of David Brin, I haven't forgotten about the True-Vu lens equipped journalists from his 1990 novel Earth.
The earliest reference for this kind of idea that I can think of (at the moment) is the newstaper gear from Larry Niven's 1972 story Flash Crowd (and yes, that is the origin of the term).
From Ubergizmo; thanks to an anonymous reader for sending in a tip (and an sf reference!) on this story. See also this pdf of the Glass Journalism class description and syllabus.
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