Continuing to push journalism education and practice forward in a dynamic era, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will offer a new nine-month Journalism M.S., beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year. The program concludes with optional summer media internships and international opportunities for work and study.
The new masters degree, which will replace the two-year masters degree, coincides with the Fall 2014 scheduled opening of the technologically transformative Wallis Annenberg Hall. The 88,000- square-foot building in the heart of the USC campus will feature professional-quality video, radio and vodcast studios and a digitally converged newsroom for the school's award winning, student-run online, broadcast television, documentary and radio news outlets.
"This is a new program in a new building for a new era in journalism," USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III said. "This is what I call our Annenberg Advantage in action. The nine-month M.S. degree prepares students for careers in the media industry by connecting them with a diverse group of award-winning professors, producers and editors in a newsroom that we anticipate will be the envy of established journalists around the globe."
The parallel opening of Wallis Annenberg Hall and the launch of a new nine-month M.S. program are designed to complement each other. The converged newsroom will tear down the silos that separate broadcast, print and online journalism. The nucleus of the operation is a 360-degree assignment desk that will run the day-to-day work of USC Annenbergs student news organizations. Student journalists will seamlessly share audio and video on multiple platforms, and studios in the newsroom will be multipurpose. (See a fly-through video of the new building here.)