In today’s challenging media environment, journalists must possess a wide variety of technical skills, the ability to write, report and produce content for any platform, and some form of specialized expertise. Continuing to push journalism education and practice forward, the USC Annenberg School’s nine-month, 36-unit, Master of Science degree in Journalism is an intense, deadline driven program in which students learn to write, report, produce, code, publish and promote (through social media) cross-platform stories in a converged news environment.
Students also choose a specialty area that prepares them for careers in broadcast television and radio news, long-form audio and video documentaries, or online multimedia news production. Cutting-edge digital courses cater to students interested in careers in data journalism, data visualization, app creation, online design & publishing, and coding.
The home of the M.S. Program is the 88,000-square-foot, technologically transformative Wallis Annenberg Hall which opened in Fall 2014. Using professional-quality video, radio and vodcast studios in this digitally converged newsroom, students seamlessly share audio and video on multiple platforms, including the school’s award-winning, student-run documentary, online, television 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 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 M.S. Program concludes with an optional Summer Practicum offering paid media internships in Los Angeles and opportunities for international work and study.