Mobile microlearning works! Sample the first course in digital journalism delivered to your phone

By Linda Austin, project director of the Associated Press Media Editors’ NewsTrain and an RJI Fellow (and former editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader)

Almost two years ago, I asked for help in identifying your training needs in digital journalism. More than 700 of you responded to a survey, with three-quarters supporting the idea of bite-size lessons delivered via your smartphone.

Linda Austin

The idea was to overcome the biggest obstacle to training for journalists — lack of time — by providing learning in five-minute chunks that could be consumed while on public transit or waiting in line. In the past decade, mobile microlearning has taken off in other industries but not yet in journalism.

Now, the results are back from that first course in digital journalism delivered via mobile microlearning, using the EdApp. And you responded enthusiastically.

All of the 35 journalists who took that first course — The 5 C’s of Writing News for Mobile Audiences — would recommend it to other journalists interested in the subject.

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