Master of Science in Journalism
You will advance excellence and drive innovation in today’s converged media landscape because we prepare you to be a highly-skilled, technologically fluent journalist.
The complex and culturally rich city of Los Angeles provides endless sources for stories as you report, produce, code and publish your work in a deadline-driven environment while also pursuing in-depth, multimedia projects. Through our intense, 11-month program, you will build a foundation of excellence in writing and ethics that emphasizes the importance of journalistic rigor, investigative reporting, and furthering the role of diverse communities in storytelling.
As our award-winning faculty guide you to create high-impact journalism, our media center’s cutting-edge capabilities will allow you to cover news across media and platforms — on the web and on the air, through podcasts and documentaries, and by embracing new and emerging technologies.
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Student, alumni and faculty work
Led by professors Amara Aguilar and Laura Castañeda, the intensive, two-week class trains students to engage with the local community while reporting on food and culture.
Aided by the Paramount Latinx Diversity in Journalism scholarship, Mariela Gomez pursues journalism to connect with something bigger than herself.
Grow@Annenberg scholar Kaleef Starks wants to elevate conversations around LGBTQ rights and create a pathway of acceptance and healing.
JOVRNALISM students leverage VR reporting techniques to examine the 1992 L.A. Uprising, winning a Hearst Journalism Award for their work.
Waylon Cunningham selected as the inaugural Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow in Investigative Journalism
The alumnus of the MS in journalism program pursues an investigative project from inside the Reuters newsroom in London.
The Los Angeles Times, Poynter, NPR, USA Today, and Salon. These are just a few of the media outlets in which journalism master’s students have published their reporting.
Build your multimedia storytelling skills
USC Annenberg’s Media Center is a classroom and working newsroom with state- of-the-art capabilities, allowing you to gain firsthand experience in all fields of the news media. You will join the student-led news outlet Annenberg Media to explore writing, podcasting, television, and producing videos for social media. The media center’s award-winning faculty advisers will guide you as you tackle the day’s news and delve deeper into topics that matter to the USC community.