Peggy
Bustamante

Associate Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism
Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Access
A longtime journalist and web developer, Peggy Bustamante teaches creative professionals to code, empowering them to push the boundaries of innovative storytelling in the digital sphere.
A longtime journalist and web developer, Peggy Bustamante teaches creative professionals to code, empowering them to push the boundaries of innovative storytelling in the digital sphere.
Expertise: 
Data and Coding, Digital Media, Technology and Innovation
Research and Practice Areas: 
Culture and Media
News and Media Industries
Science, Technology and Innovation

Peggy
Bustamante

Associate Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism
Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Access

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Peggy Bustamante, associate professor of professional practice, is a longtime journalist and web developer who joined the faculty at USC Annenberg in 2014.

Bustamante developed and oversees the series of interactive coding and data journalism courses that provide skills that are increasingly in demand in journalism and other creative professions. The courses under her purview teach the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and databases) as a foundation for investigating interactive and multimedia storytelling; building data-driven news applications; and practicing data journalism and data visualization.

Before coming to Annenberg, Bustamante worked as news applications and interactives developer at Digital First Media, where she created data-driven and interactive projects for the company’s 76 daily newspapers. Prior to that she held a similar position at award-winning newspaper Newsday on Long Island, where she earned an Emmy nomination for an interactive 12-part video series she conceived and executed.

Bustamante also spent nine years as lead web applications developer for Harvard University’s News Office and almost two decades as a print journalist at a variety of daily newspapers in Massachusetts and Texas. She started her transition to digital news platforms in the mid-90s, learning to code as part of her multimedia and online work.

Bustamante has both a master’s degree in information technology/computer science and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University.

In addition, Bustamante has served as associate dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Access since December 2017, overseeing a substantial rewrite of Annenberg’s 5-year Diversity Plan. Currently she is monitoring the progress of the goals outlined in the plan. Her top priority continues to be advocating for her students at Annenberg and after graduation in the professional world.

Awards and honors:

New York Emmy nomination for Innovation in Online Storytelling (2012).

Spring 2020

JOUR 320: Introduction to Coding for Storytelling

JOUR 490x: Directed Research

JOUR 555: Advanced Coding for Creative Storytelling

JOUR 590: Directed Research