Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism

We prepare you to be an innovative, in-depth journalist in the ideal environment: the dynamic, complex and culturally diverse city of Los Angeles.

Here, you will work with our expert faculty to identify and focus on the most effective storytelling medium for your distinctive voice: text, audio, documentary video, or newly-emerging media such as augmented reality (AR). Within that medium, you may also select and develop a specialized area of coverage like social justice, sports or entertainment.

You can craft a customized program of study around your chosen medium and specialization, which may include exploring courses from across USC’s 19 distinct academic schools. Your work will also be amplified through our state-of-the-art media center and collaborations with major media outlets.

By the numbers

50% %
of students identify as being a member of a traditionally underrepresented groupOur program’s diverse student body brings experiences from all over the world to Annenberg classrooms.
Our program’s diverse student body brings experiences from all over the world to Annenberg classrooms.
18
students per required courseStudents in Specialized Journalism develop professional training from our expert faculty in small-class settings.
Students in Specialized Journalism develop professional training from our expert faculty in small-class settings.
19
USC schools from which to select additional coursesAs a student in the Specialized Journalism program, you have the opportunity to select electives across USC schools.
As a student in the Specialized Journalism program, you have the opportunity to select electives across USC schools.
100% %
of our Class of 2018 employed within 12 months of graduationOur recent grads’ employers include: Al Jazeera America, Universal Pictures, CNN and The Salvation Army.
Our recent grads’ employers include: Al Jazeera America, Universal Pictures, CNN and The Salvation Army.

Student, alumni and faculty work

Crosstown

Professor Gabriel Kahn and a team of student journalists and analysts use data to tell stories about L.A.

Eying career in documentary filmmaking

Russian television reporter Shushan Minasian ’19 explores documentary filmmaking in L.A.

Digging deeper

Students learn the investigative reporting craft from Professor Mark Schoofs.

Storytelling with ‘Impact’

The student-produced documentary program comes to Spectrum News.

Finding passion

Veteran NBC4 LA and MTV producer Aliya Jasmine delves into environmental journalism.

Reporting on homelessness in L.A.

Stories and videos developed in Professors Mary Murphy and Sandy Tolan’s course featured in the Huffington Post.

Hone your 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. Explore medium like writing, podcasting and documentary filming with our award-winning faculty advisors.