Morgan State Launches Mobile Journalism Lab, First HBCU in Worldwide New Media Network

In an effort to infuse new voices and journalistic sources into global news culture, Morgan State University today announced its launch of a campus Mobile Journalism lab, funded by a $25,000 grant awarded by the J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University. The lab is one of 16 organizations and institutions to join VeriCorder’s ‘Global MoJo Project,’ a worldwide media network with journalists using only mobile technology to shoot, edit and produce news content. Morgan State is the only historically black college participating in the initiative.

“Mobile journalism really has arrived. I am happy my students are part of such an innovative initiative,” says The Morgan MOJO Lab Founder and Director, Allissa Richardson, who is an assistant professor of journalism at the institution. In May 2010, Richardson won a two-year, $25,000 grant from the J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism to launch the community newsroom. “When I began searching for mobile editing apps for the iPhone and iPod devices we acquired, I found VeriCorder. I never imagined that nearly one year later, I would be engaged in a global news experiment.”

The Global MoJo Network will have separate channels or pages for each participating organization.  Students and reporters will submit video and stories primarily through the 1st Video iPhone app, which will post automatically into the company’s VeriLocal media system. It will start operating this week, run throughout the BEA conference and NAB Show in mid-April, and continue until early May.

Several schools and organizations have joined the Global MoJo Project already, now operating in ten countries and four continents.



Morgan State University’s MOJO Lab from Storyfarm New Media on Vimeo.