About the Program

What is Specialized Journalism? It’s an intensive nine-and-a-half month program that allows a select group of students to gain the skills and knowledge needed to cover a topic in depth.

Areas of focus include politics, education, health and environment, science, religion, arts and culture, entertainment, sports, business and economics, urban affairs, the law and other fields. Students emerge with the ability to produce high-level reporting on the topic of their choosing. The program focuses on helping students acquire the tools necessary to meet the demands of reporting for the digital age. Students produce intricate multimedia packages that push their work across different platforms and connect them with new audiences. They also learn the ins and outs of the media business, with a particular emphasis on new strategies for monetizing journalistic content.

Above all, the program emphasizes core journalistic values, ethics and solid writing skills. Students work closely with faculty to create a customized degree program that maximizes their opportunity to concentrate on a particular chosen subject area (Visit the Arts Journalism webpage for arts and culture topics)


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News

Alumna Casey Rentz '09 selected for The Best Science Writing Online 2012

Congratulations to Casey for her essay "How to stop a Hurricane" in the Scientific American

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Alumna Paromita Pain '12 awarded scholarships from JAWS and NAKFI

2012 JAWS CAMP Joan Cook Fellowship and a science writing scholarship for the NAFKI Conference "The Informed Brain in a Digital World"

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Alumnus Brandon Reynolds '11 is the new Managing Editor at SF Weekly

Reynolds replaces arts journalism alumnus Alan Scherstuhl '11 who was promoted to film editor at Village Voice Media

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Student publishes main feature for USC Trojan Family Magazine

"First Lady of Troy" by Cristy Lytal

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Faculty

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy


Entertainment

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Diane Winston

Diane Winston


Media Effects, Media Portrayals, Political Journalism, Religion

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Michael Parks

Michael Parks


American Studies, Changing News Industry, International Journalism, International Relations, Health

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