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School of Journalism

USC Annenberg School for Communication 325
(213) 740-0900 (academic inquiries)
(213) 740-3914 (administrative)
FAX: (213) 740-8624

Director: Michael Parks, B.A.

Associate Director: Patricia K. Dean, M.S.


Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication and Journalism: Jay T. Harris, B.A.

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

Professors: Geoffrey Cowan, LL.B.*; Ed Cray, B.A.; Félix Gutiérrez, Ph.D.; Jay T. Harris, B.A.; Ian Mitroff, Ph.D.; Bryce Nelson, M.Phil.*; Michael Parks, B.A.; Joe Saltzman, M.S.*

Associate Professors: Jonathan Kotler, J.D.*; Larry Pryor, M.S.; Diane Winston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Shannon B. Campbell, Ph.D.; Craig Carroll, Ph.D.; Laura Castañeda, M.A.; William Celis, M.S.; Cinny Kennard, B.S.; Judy Muller, B.A.; Kenneth B. Noble, J.D.

Professors of Professional Practice: Patricia K. Dean, M.S.; Gerald Swerling, M.S.

Associate Professor of Professional Practice: Jennifer Floto, M.A.*

Senior Lecturer: Edwin O. Guthman, B.A.*

Lecturers: Robert Berger, B.A.; Daniel Birman, M.A.; Serena Cha, M.S.; Dana Chinn, M.B.A.; Richard Reeves, M.E.; Willa Seidenberg, B.A.

Visiting Professors: K. C. Cole, B.A.; Norman Corwin; Erna Smith, B.A.

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

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

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

Degree Programs

The School of Journalism offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Print Journalism, Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. It also offers minors in News Media and Society and Advertising. At the graduate level, Master of Arts degrees are awarded in Journalism and Strategic Public Relations. Students completing the M.A. in Journalism must select an emphasis in print, broadcast or online. Journalism students learn the basic techniques of writing, reporting and production across all new media in print, broadcast and online. They also learn about the role of a free press in a democracy and the historical, legal and ethical aspects of journalism. The Print Journalism emphasis includes advanced courses in writing, reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines. The Broadcast Journalism emphasis includes advanced courses in radio and television news, documentary and public affairs. The Online Journalism emphasis provides a thorough grounding in Web site production combining traditional journalism with the ability to think flexibly in an interactive technical environment. 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 special reporting classes in government and public affairs, international affairs, science and the arts.

The school advises its students to participate in at least two internships. Annenberg’s Career Development Office has listings for paid and unpaid internships from around the country. All journalism majors should plan to write for the university newspaper, the Daily Trojan; participate in the writing, reporting and production of the school’s weekly newsmagazine show, “Impact” and/or the school’s nightly newscast, “Annenberg TV News”; work on Web publishing and online technology with the Online Journalism Review and/or; or take an active role in the student-run campus radio station KSCR. No academic credit is given for participation in internships or cocurricular activities.