Thursday, June 05, 2014

Innovation is Focus of Hampton Digital Media Center - Higher Education

Innovation is Focus of Hampton Digital Media Center - Higher Education: With the recent announcement that Hampton University is establishing a Center for Digital Media Innovation, the Hampton, Va.-based historically Black institution joins a growing number of U.S. colleges and universities that have developed specialized academic centers and degree programs to prepare their students to become innovators in journalism and digital media production.

The center, as Brett A. Pulley, dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton, has envisioned it, should prepare students to be “among those who are pioneering the future of the media industry.”

“People are innovating and creating [digital media] platforms and I need our students …to be among the young people who are in the game and among those who are innovating,” Pulley told Diverse.

Last month, the Miami-based John and James Knight Foundation announced the foundation is providing a $245,000 grant to get the center established at the Scripps Howard School this fall as a two-year pilot program. The center’s programs will enable students to work on digital media research projects, build digital media tools such as mobile device apps, develop digital media business plans, and attend cross-disciplinary classes.