Curriculum

Master of Journalism Program Information

Your USC Annenberg experience will begin with a seven-week digital news immersion. During the two semesters that follow, you will gain hands-on, real-world experience covering news stories throughout Los Angeles. Classroom work includes topics such as entrepreneurship and data. Following the second semester, optional media internships are available.

Required Courses

  • JOUR 505 - The Practice: Journalism’s Evolution as a Profession (1 unit)
  • JOUR 528 - Summer Digital Journalism Immersion (4 units)
  • JOUR 531L - Fall Digital Journalism Immersion (4 units)
  • JOUR 546 - News, Numbers and Introduction to Data Journalism (2 units)
  • JOUR 547 - Navigating the Media Marketplace (1 unit)
  • JOUR 553 - Coding and Programming for Storytelling (2 units) 
  • JOUR 560 - Seminar in Mass Communication Law (2 units)
  • JOUR 598 - Journalism Capstone Project (4 units)
  • JOUR 510 - Special Assignment Reporting: Urban Affairs; Business & Economics; Science, Technology & Environment; Sports; Arts, Culture & Entertainment; Global Affairs; Healthcare Reporting (2 units)

Students interested in specific journalistic platforms are encouraged to select an emphasis and complete the recommended courses for that emphasis:

Long-Form Video

  • JOUR 521 - Documentary Pre-Production (2 units)
  • JOUR 522 - Video Documentary Production I (4 units)
  • JOUR 599 - Video Documentary Production II
  • JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (2 or 4 units)

News Video

  • JOUR 517 - Advanced Investigative Reporting (3 units)
  • JOUR 524 - Advanced Broadcast Reporting (4 units)
  • JOUR 539 - Introduction to Investigative Reporting (2 units)
  • JOUR 552 - Introduction to Television Reporting and Production (2 units)
  • JOUR 599 - Television/Video Reporting and Production
  • JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (2 or 4 units)

Digital  

  • JOUR 533 - Web Journalism and Editorial Site Management (2 units)
  • JOUR 551 - Intermediate Online Publishing (4 units)
  • JOUR 555 - Advanced Coding for Creative Storytelling (4 units)
  • JOUR 599 - Data Journalism
  • JOUR 561 - Advanced Data Journalism 
  • JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (2 or 4 units)

Audio

  • JOUR 523 - Intro to Radio/Audio Reporting (2 units)
  • JOUR 599 - Public Radio Reporting 
  • JOUR 525 - Public Radio Documentary (4 units)
  • JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (4 units)

Text    

Any two advanced reporting and writing courses

  • JOUR 539 - Introduction to Investigative Reporting (2 units)
  • JOUR 575 - Converged Media Center (2 or 4 units)
  • JOUR 577 - Monetization and the New Media (3 units)
  • JOUR 585 - Specialized Reporting: Religion (3 units)
  • JOUR 596 - Follow the Money: Business and Economics Reporting (3 units)
  • JOUR 513 - Introduction to Long-form/Narrative Journalism