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USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism brings dynamic synergy and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. Here USC Annenberg students study together in the East Lobby, a common area featuring a coffee cart and the latest news on flatscreen TVs.

The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, established in 1971 through the generosity of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, offers a wide range of instructional and research programs through its Schools of Communication and Journalism.

Entertainment, technology and global trade are powerful forces in the world today, and the Annenberg School, located in a “multimedia mecca” (the National Science Foundation has selected USC to host the country’s primary multimedia research center), plays a vital role in the growth of all three areas. USC Annenberg programs combine a policy-oriented focus with cutting-edge research and teaching, and the school is providing leadership in areas ranging from the quality of civic discourse, to journalism ethics, to global communication. The opportunities are boundless, and USC Annenberg aims to link its programs to cultural, political, technological and social developments around the world.

With an online electronic newsroom and digital editing equipment for radio and television news production, the School of Journalism is at the forefront of efforts to prepare students to thrive in the information age, while maintaining the highest ethical standards of journalistic practice. The School of Communication’s multidisciplinary curriculum requires students to examine the processes and effects of discourse occurring in interpersonal, cross-cultural, public, international, organizational and mass media contexts.

USC Annenberg alumni fill top posts throughout the communication and media industries — including film, television, radio, newspapers, telecommunication, multimedia, advertising, public relations and publishing — as well as in government, education and nonprofit agencies around the world. Through active involvement with USC Annenberg, alumni remain an invaluable resource to students and faculty.

Annenberg faculty are prize-winning journalism professionals and renowned communication scholars who are distinguished by their teaching and research excellence. Their enthusiasm and expertise in these dynamic fields challenge and inspire USC Annenberg students and prepare them to become the communication leaders of tomorrow.


Ernest James Wilson III, Ph.D., Dean, Walter H. Annenberg Chair of Communication

Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Research, Professor of Communication

Abigail Kaun, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Student Affairs

Carola Weil, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Planning and Strategic Initiatives

Allyson Hill, M.A., Assistant Dean, Admissions

Bruce Missaggia, M.B.A., C.F.M., C.M.A., C.R.A., Assistant Dean, Finance

James Vasquez, B.A., Assistant Dean, Operations