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.
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Student, alumni and faculty work
When KNBC and KCAL anchor Cater Lee decided to return to school, USC Annenberg’s specialized journalism program completely reshaped how she saw journalism.
Daric Cottingham joins five USC Annenberg students for a one-of-a-kind summer internship with Spotify.
A self-described “diehard philanthropist,” Alysha Conner wants to find ways to give back through journalism. With the A GRoW @ Annenberg Scholarship, she now has the tools to tell stories from a greater perspective
Founded by Professor Allissa V. Richardson, the Charlotta Bass Journalism & Justice Lab saves, studies and shares history about Black social justice trailblazers on the West Coast.
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 advisers.