About Watt Way Blog

Watt Way is a collection of mulimedia reports from Los Angeles-area schools and neighborhoods produced by undergraduate and graduate students in J584 Education, Youth and Learning course at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The course is designed to train students to rethink the way schools and their neighborhoods are covered, learning to report with more sophistication, for example, on school culture of politics and change. Students roamed the city of Los Angeles and neighboring communities in Fall 2010, reporting on education innovation at schools in Watts, South Los Angeles, Inglewood, East Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Two of the class reports were featured on the nightly newscast of Telemundo, the Miami-based Spanish language network.

As part of the USC Annenberg School’s emphasis on innovation — both in reporting and delivery — this blog was produced with the iPad and a variety of applications to test the tablet’s effectiveness as a reporting tool in the field.  Assisted by Wendy M. Chapman, director of Annenberg Web Technologies, and Matt Frank, new media specialist, students produced and posted blogs, photos and audio with the iPad  [and later this semester, slide shows]. The videos that appear on Watt Way were also produced with the iPad and other technology, including laptops and Final Cut editing software.  Final class projects — longer text stories with a variety of multimedia — will be featured on Watt Way, since 2006 produced in various forms by students in my education, urban affairs and magazine writing classes.

Our experiment with mobile technology continues in the Spring 2011 semester in my J476 Reporting Urban Affairs course. Students in that class will explore the impact of housing, poverty, employment, among other issues, on schools and their neighborhoods. Thank you for reading and please stop by often to read coverage from the diverse schools and neighborhoods of greater Los Angeles.

Bill Celis
Associate Professor
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
USC Rossier School of Education [courtesy]

Wendy M. Chapman
Director of Web Technologies
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Matt Frank
New Media Specialist
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


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