Dean’s Report 2022
“We needed a world-class school for communication and journalism long before we knew we did. And we need one now — more than ever before.”
As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, these words from Annenberg Foundation Chair, President and CEO Wallis Annenberg remind us how vital our teaching and scholarship remain. What we continue to find as we reflect on this milestone is hope, lots of hope, for all that we can accomplish as a community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, industry partners and supporters who are committed to leveraging our collective communication knowledge and expertise to understand, illuminate and improve the human condition.
Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication
Classroom and Beyond
Paramount Latinx Diversity in Journalism Scholar Mariela Gomez seeks to amplify more voices within the news media.
Chronicling the impact of bringing solar power to an indigenous community in Colombia.
Diversity in PR and Advertising Scholar Brijea Daniel dreams of becoming a media trailblazer.
Students and alumni support the L.A. Sports & Entertainment Commission’s Super Bowl LVI social media command center.
New skills-building program prepares professionals to collaborate with, manage and lead diverse teams.
As the Seeing ME in the MEdia mentoring program’s inaugural executive-in-residence, alumna Melissa Finney explores the challenges facing first-gen and BIPOC students as they explore the communication and media industries.
USC Annenberg brought together experts to examine — in real time — our dynamic communications and media ecosystems. We teamed up with Common Sense Media to host Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for a discussion about how we can make tech better. We fostered dialogues among scholars and professionals, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, L.A. Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. For our inaugural Institute for Women in Leadership, which provides students with high-level exposure to women journalists who have broken barriers, we welcomed Director-in-Residence Mary Dedinsky, program director for Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s program in Qatar. And our first K-Pop Festa featured a free concert, a dance contest, and academic forums on the global phenomenon led by USC graduate students and Professors Hye Jin Lee and Henry Jenkins.
in-person and virtual events hosted by USC Annenberg
Research and Impact
First-of-its-kind media studies lab launches at USC to amplify Black social change-makers on the West Coast.
By the Numbers
CBS News “Sunday Morning” speaks with Professor of Communication Nicholas Cull about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s use of propaganda and disinformation.
Adjunct instructor May Lee shares how her groundbreaking course, “Evolution of Asian Americans and the Media,” has brought awareness and positively impacted the community.
Clinical Professor of Communication Christopher Smith explores the future of NFTs and social platforms.
Professor of Professional Practice Gabriel Kahn explains the impact Google’s Innovation Challenge grant funding has made in advancing Crosstown, a local news initiative that delivers community-level data and analyses for L.A.’s neighborhoods.