Four University of Arizona (UA) School of Journalism students recently helped create an app and a health website for the Arizona Daily Star. After Michael McKisson, a UA assistant professor of practice, secured a $35,000 grant from the national Online News Association, each student received $4,700 to work with Star product manager Becky Pallack and director of digital innovation Rob Wisner to develop these projects.
Students Erin Thomson and Phillip Bramwell created the Tucson Access Guide, a mobile news app that gives people with physical disabilities reviews of accessibility at restaurants, tourist spots and other locations.
The app opens to a map and allows users to select a location to either rate or read reviews. Bramwell explained in a UA News article that users can comment on five categories: bathroom access, transportation options and parking, staff assistance, ease of mobility inside, and ease of entries and exits.
In addition, students Ava Garcia and Rocky Baier created Tu Salud Tucson (Your Health Tucson), a bilingual mobile website with health...