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November 8-18, 2012

Engine30 is part of a series of experimental journalism projects – Engines – exploring new forms of arts journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. It builds on the lessons of the previous Engines created through USC Annenberg and focuses on producing a series of stories told in innovative ways. Engine28 ( was a pop-up newsroom involving 40 journalists who produced 100+ stories around two theater festivals in the span of a week. Engine29 ( sent 28 arts journalists out to explore gaming, crowd-sourcing, community engagement, slow journalism, meta-data, distributed storytelling, incremental journalism and social media as tools for covering the arts. Engine30 took place in the fall of 2012, involving a class of 12 Master’s arts journalism students, 15 journalists, designers and developers competitively chosen as USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellows from a pool of 257 applicants and, three media partners – the Los Angeles Times, KPCC public radio and KCET public television, and a team of supporting experts and staff. Engine30 culminated in an intensive ten days (November 8-18) in Los Angeles based at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, making the stories and website for this project.
November 4-13, 2011

The USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program celebrated its tenth anniversary with the creation of Engine29, a pop-up arts journalism lab. The selected 28 fellows worked collaboratively on six experimental arts journalism projects that were competitively chosen in response to a call for proposals among the 64 fellowship alumni. The projects focused on critical response, audience/community engagement, investigative cultural reporting, innovative technology and new forms of storytelling. The results were developed, documented and housed in real-time, online at, and these open source projects continue to be available there to serve the larger cultural community.



A National Summit on Arts Journalism
October 2, 2009

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A partnership of the four National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institutes and the National Arts Journalism Program, the first-ever National Summit on Arts Journalism held at USC Annenberg explored new ideas for arts coverage and journalism business models in front of a live and virtual audience of nearly 20,000 people.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The University of Southern California's College of Letters Arts & Sciences, School of Cinematic Arts, Roski School of Fine Arts, Thornton School of Music, School of Theatre, School of Architecture, Fisher Museum of Art, The Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, Online Journalism Review and the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.


What Is This Thing Called The Slow Journalism Movement?
November 17, 2008

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Panel-discussion moderated by Douglas McLennan, editor of, with Peter Sellars, festival, opera and theater director, Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA, Mister Jalopy, blogger and author of the Maker's Bill of Rights, and Naka Nathaniel, journalist.

The Slow Journalism Movement describes the growing practice of journalists sharing resources and caring less about beating their competition to the big story than about practicing social justice.

Also read:

"Larry Wilson: A new take on an old profession" by Larry Wilson, Pasadena Star-News
"Slow Journalism?" by Marc B. Haefele, Los Angeles CityBeat.


Studio 360 -- Getty Fabulous: Live in L.A. 
June 5, 2007

Live-taping of Senior Fellow and host Kurt Andersen's radio show, "Studio 360" at The Getty Center's Harold M. Williams Auditorium. His guests included:

•    Iris Bahr, playwright and actress
•    Jon Robin Baitz, playwright
•    Alexandra Patsavas, American music supervisor for film and television
•    Quetzal Flores, bandleader of East L.A. Chicano fusion rock band "Quetzal"
•    Martha Gonzalez,  vocalist of "Quetzal"
Peter Sellars' "The Children of Herakles"
March 16, 2004
Panel-discussion held in the Annenberg Auditorium at USC on the arts, social justice, religion and journalism to discuss global policies and attitudes affecting refugees and immigrants moderated by Oscar Garza, deputy editor, Los Angeles Times Magazine, with panelists:
  • Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director of Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Larry Gross, Professor & Director, School of Communication, USC Annenberg School for Communication
  • Jamal, an exile from Iran and artistic director of Avaz International Dance Theatre
  • Rev. Dr. George Regas, convener, Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace
  • David Sefton, director, UCLA Live!, UCLA Performing Arts
  • Peter Sellars, theater, opera, festival, film & television director.
The panel addressed such issues as the role of arts in building new relationships between countries. Can America re-enter foreign cultural policy? Will arts reporters be instrumental in shaping global diplomatic life? Peter Sellars' theater production of Euripides' "The Children of Herakles" as a touchstone.
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