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Laura Castañeda
Professor of Professional Practice


213 821 0762


ASC 121-C

Office Hours

By appointment

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Gender Studies
Higher Education Leadership and Leadership Studies
Latino Issues
LGBT Media Studies
Media Portrayals
Race and Ethnicity

Laura Castañeda has been a staff writer, editor and columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and The Associated Press in San Francisco, New York and Mexico. Her freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, BusinessWeek Online, Hispanic Business, Latina, Online Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review and American Journalism Review magazines, among others.

Castañeda is the co-editor of "News and Sexuality: Media Portraits of Diversity," which was published by Sage Publications in October 2005.

She is the co-author of "The Latino Guide to Personal Money Management," which was published by Bloomberg Press in May 1999, and was released in Spanish by Seven Stories Press in 2001.

She earned undergraduate degrees in journalism and international affairs from USC, and a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a doctorate from the USC Rossier School of Education. She also was awarded a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in business and economics reporting from Columbia's School of Journalism.

Castañeda served as Associate Director and Assistant Director of the School of Journalism between 2010-2014. 

In 2002, Castañeda was awarded the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication's 2002 Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development.




Journalism education; learning differences; diversity issues; Latino issues; women's issues.




News and Sexuality: Media Portraits of Diversity, By Laura Castañeda and Shannon Campbell, Eds. Sage Publications. October 2005.

Guía Para Manejar Su Propio Dinero, the Spanish translation of the Latino Guide, was published in October 2001, by Seven Stories Press. 

The Latino Guide to Personal Money Management, By Laura Castañeda and Laura Castellanos, co-authors. Bloomberg Press, 1999.

Academic Articles, Book Reviews:

“Disruption and Innovation: Online Learning at Accredited Journalism Schools and Programs,” by Laura Castaneda. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (Vol. 66, Dec. 21, 2011)

“Teaching Print, Broadcast and Online Journalism Concurrently: An Assessment of the University of Southern California’s Convergence Core Curriculum,” by Laura Castañeda, Sheila Murphy and Heather Hether. Published in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Spring 2005.           

“African-American Press Response to the Growing Southern Latino Community: A Survey of African-American Editors in the Deep South,” co-written with Dr. Susan Weill, Texas State University, San Marcos. Journalism Studies, November 2004.

“The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement,” edited by David R. Davies. Book review. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. Autumn 2001. Pgs. 94-95.

“Puerto Rican Newspaper Coverage of the Puerto Rican Independence Party: A Content Analysis of Three Elections,” by Maria Cristina Santana. Book review.  Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Summer, 2001, Pgs. 400-402.

Selected Journalism:

2015 “Living the Dream: Special Programs can Help new Homebuyers.” “To Buy or Not to Buy?” and “Never too Soon: When Saving for Retirement, Start Early and Be Consistent.” USA Today’s Hispanic Living Magazine. (Fall 2015).

2015 “What to Eat and Not for Breast Cancer.” LifeScript.  (Oct. 20, 2015.)

2015 “Can’t Afford Unpaid Internship? Help is Here.” Columbia Journalism Review. (Aug. 14, 2015).

2015 “Dr. Rita Eichenstein Helps Parents Cope with the Loss of an ‘Ideal’ Child.” Los Angeles Magazine. (April 16, 2015).

Course Titles

Fall 2015

J531 – Digital News Immersion

Spring 2016

J468m – The American Press and Issues of Sexual Diversity

J519 – Advanced Magazine Writing

J598 – Journalism Capstone Project