National Arts & Entertainment Awards Winners include: (L-R) Angelique Perrin, Kristin Marguerite Doidge, Tim Greiving, Justin Sedgwick, Thomas Carroll.
Photo: Kristin Marguerite Doidge

USC Annenberg students and alumni win top honors at the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards

USC Annenberg students and recent alumni were recognized at the 2017 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards in a variety of categories — from soft news and profiles to commentary and the journalistic use of social media.

The 10th annual ceremony was hosted by the L.A. Press Club at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 3. 

Several students, along with alumni, won for their work on Ampersand, a digital magazine that is run by, edited and content-populated by students from the school's arts journalism Master’s program. 

Students and alumni recognized for their Ampersand work are:

“It’s great to see that the energy and effort these students put into Ampersand — and into making their own arts journalism site while they are here at Annenberg — pays off,” said Sasha Anawalt, director of the Master’s in Arts Journalism program. “I am always telling them to be as creative as the artists they are covering. If it bores you, it will bore others. Ampersand and its progenitors are the product of their far-reaching curiosity and vision. Not perfect, but with these awards, recognized. 

“It is the striving and risk-taking that interests us, and I can’t lie — it feels good to not be alone in supporting that.”

Additional USC Annenberg students and alumni who won include:

  • Angelique Perrin (M.A. Specialized Journalism, ’17) who won second place in the Student Journalism category for “Black Money.”
  • Renee Gross (M.S. Journalism ’17) won second place for Best Profile, “Actress Eileen Grubba Fights Prejudice Against People with Disabilities.”
  • Kristin Marguerite Doidge (M.A., Specialized Journalism, ’15) took home third place in the Soft News category for a piece she wrote for Bustle, entitled: “Nora Ephron Tribute ‘She Made Me Laugh’.” Doidge won two other prizes as well: third place in the Business-Any arts or entertainment-related business story category, for her Los Angeles Business Journal story “Recasting Film-TV Synergy.” In the Celebrity News category, she took third place for her feature “Kanye West Let Out a Cry for Help; We Just Weren’t Listening” in GOOD Magazine.
  • Michelle Lanz (M.A. Journalism, ’09) along with Monica Bushman won first place in the Soft News Feature category for a piece they did for KPCC, “The Man Behind The Lyrics To ‘Beauty And The Beast' Didn't Live To See The Final Film.” Judges’ comment: “The history of lyricist Howard Ashman’s involvement with the music for the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast, as well as excerpts of recordings of his singing and playing, is enlightening and particularly poignant because he died of AIDS before the film was finished in 1991, which won him a posthumous Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Song.”