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)
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULEThe M.A. degree program in Specialized Journalism is designed to provide you with a highly customized course of study in a field of your choosing as well as an opportunity to develop an array of advanced reporting and leadership skills broadly applicable to a career in journalism. The required curriculum is designed to be completed in nine and a half months (August to mid‐May). You may attend part-time and extend the course of study over one-and-a-half or two academic years.International journalists will find an exceptional opportunity to explore the American social, cultural and political realities while completing this degree program. Refer to USC Graduate & International Admission for pertinent admission information.MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING BOOTCAMPBoth Specialized Journalism and Arts Journalism master's students begin with a two-and-a-half week intensive summer boot camp, JOUR 580: Introduction to Specialized Journalism, designed to increase multimedia expertise for students at any level – beginner to an advanced mid-career professional.The course focuses on the changing role of journalism in society and some of the newest methods of reporting and multimedia storytelling. Working in collaborative teams with their classmates, students learn the skills to produce video, audio, photo and audio slideshows and integrate them with text into a multi-dimensional, in-depth Los Angeles story told on a website of their own design. Through readings and discussions with Specialized Journalism professors, students also develop an appreciation for the traditional values, notably ethics of American journalism and their application in multimedia storytelling. This year's 2012 L.A. Story Projects covered Chinatown, Echo Park, Highland Park, Leimert Park, Little Tokyo, Main Street, North Hollywood and Venice.ENTREPRENEURIAL FOCUS The evolution of journalism has made one thing clear: the successful journalists of the future will define strategies to lead and define new opportunities. To enhance your imagination, both specialized journalism degree programs feature interaction with today's journalism innovators, including field trips and a speaker series with leading journalists, scholars and policy makers.This high-level engagement is supplemented by a consistent curriculum focus on media economics and entrepreneurship, including seminars specifically dedicated to financial literacy. You will have opportunities to explore the latest journalism research and professional practice through USC Annenberg's research centers and professional education programs. Whether the subject is the latest trends in internet usage, the newest forms of online journalism, the impact of globalization on the media or developments in communication law and policy, you will think about and develop answers to the most probing questions of the day.Students interested in entrepreneurship and pursuing experimental journalism ideas can participate in the Annenberg Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab is a vehicle for an ongoing knowledge exchange with public institutions and private sector firms that are on the front lines of technological change in communications. In consultation with a consortium of sponsors the Lab develops projects designed for practical application and social impact, and it offers its sponsors the opportunity to bring those projects to market. It also hosts ongoing dialogues that bring together students, executives, artists, entrepreneurs, scholars and policy makers. REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE USC Annenberg trains journalists to produce content across media formats. This convergence curriculum allows you to think of your stories as works of journalism that can be distributed -- and have real-world impact -- outside the classroom. The intent is for you to graduate with completed work products that reflect your newly acquired sensibilities and expertise and with skills that advance your long-term professional goals. While in graduate studies, your work will appear across Annenberg’s various media outlets, including Annenberg TV News, Annenberg Radio News, the newsmagazine Impact, and NeonTommy.com, one of the many online outlets of Annenberg Digital News.
Congratulations to Casey for her essay "How to stop a Hurricane" in the Scientific American
2012 JAWS CAMP Joan Cook Fellowship and a science writing scholarship for the NAFKI Conference "The Informed Brain in a Digital World"
Reynolds replaces arts journalism alumnus Alan Scherstuhl '11 who was promoted to film editor at Village Voice Media
"First Lady of Troy" by Cristy Lytal
Commentary, Long-form Journalism, Science Journalism, Science and Society
American Studies, Changing News Industry, International Journalism, International Relations, Health
Changing News Industry, Economics and Entrepreneurship
The Annenberg Innovation Lab is a space where students, faculty, researchers and business