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
Student, alumni and faculty work
Professor Gabriel Kahn and a team of student journalists and analysts use data to tell stories about L.A.
Russian television reporter Shushan Minasian ’19 explores documentary ﬁlmmaking in L.A.
Veteran NBC4 LA and MTV producer Aliya Jasmine delves into environmental journalism.
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.