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.

By the numbers

1/2
of students receive merit-based scholarship or fellowship fundingSince the program's inception in 2014, nearly half of our students have received support toward their education.
Since the program's inception in 2014, nearly half of our students have received support toward their education.
42
students in each graduating classEach graduating class is a small, close-knit community of journalists who receive personal attention from professors with experience in the field.
Each graduating class is a small, close-knit community of journalists who receive personal attention from professors with experience in the field.
100% %
of students learn digital journalism skillsOur students build a critical foundation in coding and data storytelling.
Our students build a critical foundation in coding and data storytelling.
98% %
of our Class of 2019 employed within 12 months of graduationOur recent graduates have gone on to distinguished careers with employers such as the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, National Public Radio and The World Bank.
Our recent graduates have gone on to distinguished careers with employers such as the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, National Public Radio and The World Bank.

Student, alumni and faculty work

Virtual narratives

Students help youth in foster care tell their own stories using immersive technology.

Forgotten stories

Professors Laura Castañeda and Amara Aguilar lead a directed research course in which students report on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria one year after the storm.

Reporting amid COVID

Annenberg Media journalists give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how they produce informative and inspiring content from their homes across the U.S. and around the world.

Digging into the data

Emmanuel Martinez ’14 and his work on housing discrimination garner him the 2019 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting and finalist status for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism.

A seat at the table

Jenn Harris ’10 shares her journey to becoming an L.A. Times food editor.

Reporting abroad

Neha Wadekar ’16 navigates as a multimedia journalist in Africa for The New York Times, VICE Media and CNN.

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 advisors who will guide you as you tackle the day’s news and delve deeper into topics that matter to the USC community.