About Us

Our program, a 9.5 month university program in arts journalism, has a record for fundamentally changing the way we look at the arts & culture & entertainment & creativity, and how we tell stories about them.

The Arts Journalism program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is America’s leading master's program for next generation storytelling. And the place to be. You will have access to people who connect people, shape ideas and define our culture in the maker capital of the world: Los Angeles.

Creative, diverse and dynamic, L.A. is home to the movie industry, the video game industry, the music industry, the entertainment industry, center of America’s visual and graphic arts and home to a vibrant arts scene that celebrates chefs and fashion designers as artists. USC Annenberg is at the center of it.

The program is deeply embedded in Los Angeles’ rich cultural life and emphasizes artistic and creative process. You are encouraged to spend time inside rehearsal rooms, film studios, architectural firms, and in intimate contact with artists, many of them famous and many not, but all with exceptional stories to tell that deserve to be made visible. You will have the freedom to pursue what you are passionate about and the ability to study with award-winning faculty from USC’s six arts schools and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.


One of our signatures is that our students spend a lot of time inside arts & cultural institutions, reporting on them as embedded journalists. Two of our alumni have been hired as full-time arts reporters working on staff at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and at the Geffen Playhouse. One current student is at LACMA (Los Angeles County Arts Museum of Art), working as an embedded journalist (which is distinctly different from being an intern). See this Washington Post article about them, quoting USC Annenberg Journalism Professor, Gabriel Kahn.

Applications for the first round of admissions are due, January 30, 2015. Anyone applying by this deadline will be reviewed for scholarship consideration, including the full-tuition Annenberg scholarships. For more information, click here.

Our alumni at present work at traditional and non-traditional jobs, some of which they have created as entrepreneurial start-ups. Our alumni include the film editor of the Village Voice and a reporter at the Wall Street Journal’s L.A. bureau, a journalist-in-residence at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and one at the Geffen Playhouse (as previously mentioned), and five university professors at prestigious institutions (including USC Annenberg, USC School of Cinematic Arts and USC School of Architecture). Several alumni have media start-ups (The Beer Paper is one), and many work at museums as writers (Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Smithsonian, to name two). There are others at Upworthy and TechCrunch and Relativity Media. And three successfully are pursuing careers as documentary filmmakers and one in feature film as a writer, producer and director. Another in a HBO series is using what she learned at USC Annenberg about journalism media to help her with her role, and with her social media negotiations. In short, our alumni are highly coveted and doing well.

We offer a lot. We expect a lot. To thrive here you need to bring your A game. We’re training storytellers for the 21st Century. Are you ready?


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News

DanceMapL.A – a game-changing arts journalism experiment

Three students and an alumnus worked with Professor Sasha Anawalt to build and populate this original site, officialy launching in October

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Ampersand: Annenberg Radio gets a New Podcast

New podcast encourages students to produce immersive stories about arts and culture

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Unparalleled journalism possibilities!

A new Media Center for unbounded imagination, collaboration and innovation opened in summer 2014

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30 Alumni welcome the new class of Specialized Journalism Masters students for 2014-2015

Alumni celebrate a rite of passage: the end of SJ's digital and multimedia "bootcamp"

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Faculty

Josh Kun

Josh Kun


Popular Music, Arts and Culture, Race and Ethnicity, US-Mexico

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Sasha Anawalt

Sasha Anawalt


Arts and Culture, Entertainment

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Gabriel  Kahn

Gabriel Kahn


Changing News Industry, Economics and Entrepreneurship

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See complete list for: All Arts Journalism All Annenberg Faculty

Centers

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Annenberg Innovation Lab

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New Media Literacies Project

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