Undergraduate Journalism

You will develop the leading-edge multi-media reporting skills — and the foundational journalistic values and ethical standards — that will prepare you to tell stories with impact.

Guided by our expert faculty, you will learn to embrace technology, assess it critically and use it in the service of powerful and effective journalism as you report, write and produce news stories across platforms. Our innovative curriculum will allow you to acquire fundamental knowledge in critical areas such as media literacy, civic engagement, coding for storytelling, and law and ethics for the digital age. 

USC Annenberg’s position in the media capital of Los Angeles and our state-of-the-art media center provide the endless inspiration and the leading-edge resources you need to launch your career in an ever-changing media landscape.

By the numbers

83
journalism courses We offer 83 undergraduate journalism courses that allow you to create a personalized program of study.
We offer 83 undergraduate journalism courses that allow you to create a personalized program of study.
100+
undergraduate journalism facultyOur faculty include Pulitzer Prize, DuPont and Emmy winners and leaders across every sector of the industry.
Our faculty include Pulitzer Prize, DuPont and Emmy winners and leaders across every sector of the industry.
300+
studentsMore than 300 of our undergraduate students are pursuing an academic major in journalism.
More than 300 of our undergraduate students are pursuing an academic major in journalism.
99%
of our Class of 2021 employed within 12 months of graduationOur recent graduates have gone on to distinguished careers with employers such as NBC News, Vice Media, Entertainment Tonight, ESPN, the Orlando Sentinel.
Our recent graduates have gone on to distinguished careers with employers such as NBC News, Vice Media, Entertainment Tonight, ESPN, the Orlando Sentinel.

Student, alumni and faculty work

Working through the bad days

CNN correspondent Nick Valencia ’05 reports from the front lines of some of the hardest-hitting news stories of this generation.

Mobile technology and citizen journalism

Assistant Professor Allissa Richardson explains how mobile storytelling allows the people targeted by police violence to build their own news networks and control their own narratives.

From the media center to the newsroom

Alumnae from The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, MSNBC, ABC News, and NBC 4 NY share advice with students.

Using immersive tech to tell compelling stories

JOVRNALISM students collaborated with ABC Owned Television Stations to leverage reporting techniques to address racial disparities and highlight little-known histories of marginalized communities’ contributions to America.

L.A. by the numbers

Professor of Professional Practice Gabriel Kahn leads Crosstown, a data-journalism project that keeps Angelenos informed on what’s happening in their neighborhoods, on their roadways, and in their air.

Class connects with L.A. TACO to create community

Associate Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism Amara Aguilar’s magazine production class spearheaded a multimedia collaboration between USC Annenberg and L.A. TACO.

Photo of a USC Annenberg student in the media center studio

Run your own newsroom

Annenberg Media is a student-run news organization focused on producing innovators and leaders in journalism. Contributing to Annenberg Media allows you to gain hands-on experience in all fields of the news media and to build the multimedia skills necessary to tell stories on every platform. Annenberg Media’s presence in USC Annenberg’s Media Center also offers a state-of-the-art facility with an array of experiential learning opportunities for you to cover breaking news on the web and on the air, create high-impact journalism, and produce podcasts. USC Annenberg faculty members who have spent years as award-winning journalists will guide you as you tackle the day’s news and go deeper into topics that matter to the USC community and beyond.