Alumni Careers and Profiles

Alumni careers

Our graduates are highly coveted and have gone on to work with over 50 journalism and arts organizations in the last nine years, many of them launching their own media outlets. Here is where some are working:

Full-time Jobs – Arts Journalism SJ alumni ’09 to ‘16

  • Abominable Pictures, producer
  • Academy of Art University, San Francisco, gallery associate
  • Argus Quartet, founder and member, Yale University resident
  • Art Institute of Chicago, editorial staff
  • Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, project coordinator
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, journalism staff fellow
  • Butler School of Music, publicity coordinator
  • Capetown Magazine, writer 
  • dublab, co-founder and creative director
  • Daily Maverick, online news site in Capetown, video creator
  • Focus on the Masters, executive director
  • Food Network, co-producer on “Patricia Heaton Parties”
  • Fox Sports 1, associate producer
  • Frederick News-Post, reporter 
  • Goldstar, writer
  • KPCC 89.3 FM, assistant producer, “The Frame”
  • Los Angeles Times, Orange County food and drink columnist
  • New York Times, film writer, “Watching,” site newsletter
  • Pacifica Radio, assistant producer
  • Red Bull Music Academy, host of LAndscape and magazine contributor
  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, editor
  • Stance on Dance, founder and editor
  • Summer Bummer Records, writer
  • Talcual Films, founder and manager
  • Techcrunch, social and media audience development
  • The Argonaut, arts reporter
  • The Wrap, Web Production Assistant 
  • Trailer Talk Radio, founder and producer
  • Universal Music Group, Isolation Network, software support specialist
  • Universal Pictures, media promotions director
  • USC Shoah Foundation, the Institute for Visual History & Education, writer
  • Vendavo, digital marketing associate
  • Village Voice, film editor
  • Wall Street Journal, LA bureau, U.S. news reporter
  • White Light Audio, CEO and executive producer
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, grant writer
  • 21CM Magazine, associate editor 


  • Austin American-Statesman, arts contributor
  • Boston Court Performing Arts Center, visual art curator
  • Broadly, (Vice’s feminist/queer channel), contributor
  • Geffen Playhouse, communications editor
  • Hyperallergic, writer
  • KCETLink, reporter
  • KPCC 89.3 FM, podcast series producer, “Resonant Residents”
  • LA Stage Alliance blog
  • Los Angeles Times, dance and music contributors
  • Ms. Magazine, blog
  • NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Weekend Edition” and “All Things Considered,” music contributor
  • Stage Raw
  • Sundance Institute, editor and film coordinator
  • The Industry, project manager; Greendot, web developer; Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in-house journalist; “Hopscotch” documentation project 


  • Loyola Marymount University, director of the Journalism Program
  • Santa Ana College, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa, School of Communication and Journalism, visiting lecturer
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts, adjunct professor
  • USC School of Architecture, senior lecturer
  • University of Witwatersrand, associate lecturer 


  • Refereeing the Muses, 2nd edition (in process)
  • Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways (Da Capo Press)

Arts Journalism alumni profiles:

Hannah Deitch

“Encouraging the arts and making meaningful contributions to culture and criticism is, in its own way, an act of resistance.”

Samanta Helou

“The most exciting and challenging aspect of being a journalist right now is creating new ways to tell stories.”

Jamie Carragher

“I have to seek out the things I want to cover, because it's not going to be prescribed or served on a plate.”

Paola Mardo

“Creativity has become a really important aspect of producing quality content that stands out in today’s saturated news media ecosystem.”