University of Southern California

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

School of Journalism

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism 303
(213) 740-0900 (academic inquiries)
(213) 740-3914 (administrative)
(213) 821-0770 (admission inquiries)
FAX: (213) 740-8624

Interim Director: Michael Parks, B.A.

Associate Director: Laura Castañeda, Ed.D.

Associate Director: William Celis, M.S.


Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication: Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D.

University Professor and Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership: Geoffrey Cowan, LL.B.

Knight Chair in Media and Religion: Diane Winston, Ph.D.

Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts: Henry Jenkins, Ph.D.

Professors: K.C. Cole, B.A.; Geoffrey Cowan, LL.B.*; Ed Cray, B.A.; Félix Gutiérrez, Ph.D.; Henry Jenkins, Ph.D.; Judy Muller, B.A.; Bryce Nelson, M.Phil.*; Geneva Overholser, M.A.; Tim Page, B.A.; Michael Parks, B.A.; Joe Saltzman, M.S.*; Philip Seib, J.D.; Roberto Suro, M.S.

Associate Professors: William Celis, M.S., Jonathan Kotler, J.D.*; Joshua Kun, Ph.D.; Andrew Lih, M.S.; Larry Pryor, M.S.; Sandy Tolan, BFA; Jian Wang, Ph.D.; Diane Winston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Mike Ananny, Ph.D.; Daren C. Brabham, Ph.D.; Kjerstin Thorson, Ph.D.; Aimei Yang, Ph.D.

Professors of Professional Practice: Daniel Birman, M.A.; Laura Castañeda, Ed.D.; Serena Cha, M.S.; Jennifer Floto, M.A.*; Gabriel Kahn, B.A.; Willa Seidenberg, B.A.; Erna Smith, B.J.; Gerald Swerling, M.S.

Associate Professors of Professional Practice: Sasha Anawalt, B.A.; Marc Cooper; Matthew LeVeque, B.A.; Stacy Scholder, B.A.; Burghardt Tenderich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice: Robert Hernandez, B.A.

Senior Lecturers: Mary Murphy, B.A.; Richard Reeves, M.E.

Lecturers: Alan Abrahamson, J.D.; Dana Chinn, MBA; Alan Mittelstaedt, B.A.

Emeritus Professors: Murray Fromson; A.J. Langguth, B.A.; Clancy Sigal, B.A.

Emeritus Associate Professor: William Robert Faith, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

Degree Programs

The School of Journalism offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Print and Digital Journalism, Broadcast and Digital Journalism and Public Relations. It also offers minors in News Media and Society and in Advertising. At the graduate level, Master of Arts degrees are awarded in Journalism, Specialized Journalism and Strategic Public Relations. Students completing the M.A. in Journalism must select one of the five tracks: Long-Form Video, News Video, Audio, Text or Digital. Journalism students learn the techniques of writing, reporting and production for long-form video, news video, audio, text and digital media. They also learn about the role of a free press in a democracy and the historical, legal and ethical aspects of journalism, past, present and future. The Long-Form Video track enables students to produce video documentaries for any medium including television and digital media. The News Video track enables students to work in any video news environment including television and digital media. The Audio track enables students to do news or long-form journalism in any audio environment including radio and digital media. The Text track enables students to do news or long-form journalism in any text environment including newspapers, magazines, other print publications and digital media. The Digital track provides a thorough grounding in Website production combining traditional journalism with the ability to think flexibly and in an interactive technology environment. The Specialized Journalism degree is designed for experienced professionals and recent journalism graduates interested in developing specialized reporting expertise. The Strategic Public Relations degree emphasizes the requisite skills of that discipline, with an emphasis on strategic problem solving, public relations theory and techniques, writing, research-based planning and analysis, case studies, and the application of the discipline to specific industry categories.

The school stresses a broad-based liberal arts education to enhance writing and reporting, and encourages undergraduate students to pursue double majors or minors in disciplines outside the school. In addition to offering international study programs, the school also provides specialized reporting classes in government and public affairs, international affairs, science, religion, education, urban ecology, demography, sports, entertainment, the environment and the arts.

Students seeking to learn journalism principles and improve their multimedia skills should write and report for (Annenberg Digital News), (Annenberg TV News), (Annenberg Radio News), (Intersections South LA) and (Impact newsmagazine program). Journalism majors are also encouraged to write and report for the independent student newspaper, the Daily Trojan, at

The school also advises its students to participate in at least two internships before graduation. The Annenberg Career Development Office has listings for paid and unpaid internships from around the country.