The Center for Health Journalism at USC Annenberg has awarded $25,000 in reporting grants from its Impact Fund to help California journalists undertake ambitious explanatory or investigative reporting about health issues in underserved communities in the state. The grants will go to journalists at eight news outlets, including a podcast, two public radio stations, one Spanish-language radio station, one online-only outlet and three newspapers. Grantees also receive six months of mentoring from veteran journalists.
When Brenda Wiewel was looking for guidance on how to best promote the work being done as part of the USC Homeless Initiative, she didn’t have to look far. Wiewel, director of the university initiative to eliminate homelessness, reached out to the USC Annenberg Agency. Here she connected with Jing Ma, a second-year communication management graduate student. After discussing with Wiewel the best ways to get the word out on campus about activities, resources and volunteer efforts, Ma met with the 19 other students in the Agency and formulated a plan.
Going beyond the plate to explore issues of community, identity and food justice.
The volume of questions about women’s participation in music has spiked over the past few years. As the Grammy Awards approach this month, a new study asks: Has being louder made things better?
The USC Annenberg Office of Communication and Marketing, led by Associate Dean for Communication and Marketing Emily Cavalcanti, has won four regional 2020 Awards of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Manuel Castells, University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, has been appointed minister of universities for the newly formed government of Spain. He will oversee policymaking and funding for Spain’s 50 public universities.
Nichole Banducci was with her family when wildfire flames, fanned by Santa Ana winds, raced over the Santa Monica Mountains. As the deadly Woolsey Fire descended into Malibu in the early morning of Nov. 9, 2018, Banducci, her husband Brian, in-laws and three children prepared to evacuate. They loaded their dog, cat, rabbits and belongings into two cars, a van, a truck and their 1964 Shasta Oasis trailer, and headed out. Less than an hour later, flames ravaged Banducci’s Malibu Park neighborhood, destroying her home. The loss Banducci experienced with the Woolsey Fire not only challenged her physically and emotionally, but also served as a point of inspiration. Now, the wellness advocate and educator will debut a new online program in early 2020 called “Fortify Against Stress” that she developed to equip others with the tools they need to improve their well-being.
Ever since Amanda Brunak ’20 set foot on the USC campus, she’s made the most out of her time here. A public relations major, Brunak became the director of PR for The Buzz, a student-run TV program, as a sophomore. In Spring 2019, she participated in the Maymester program, visiting top media companies in New York City.