All students begin their studies with our Summer Digital Journalism Immersion program (Journalism 528). This program allows all incoming journalism graduate students to learn in USC Annenberg’s state-of-the-art Media Center. Students work with an assigned faculty adviser to help customize their curricula.

In the fall, incoming students take a common course (Journalism 595: “Critical Thinking: The Art and Science of Not Getting Fooled”) that prepares them with the foundations of public-interest journalism. Students start working on their culminating projects through the master’s thesis coursework. 

In the spring, students are encouraged to focus on in-depth reporting pieces. Student projects are overseen by faculty with expertise in these areas. Students can customize a curriculum both within USC Annenberg and across USC’s other academic programs. Specialized journalism students have the opportunity to spend the entire semester embedded with their stories.