USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Annenberg Building on the edge of Founder's Park
Entrance to the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism comprises a School of Communication and a School of Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC). It is led by Dean Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D.

Wallis Annenberg Hall, opened in 2014, features advanced technology for communication and journalism programs.


The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is relatively new. It was established in 1971 through the support of United States Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. The USC Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism became part of USC Annenberg in 1994.


School of Communication: The USC Annenberg School of Communication is the school's center for general communications. It offers degrees from undergraduate to doctorates. Its current director is Sarah Banet-Weiser, who took over from Larry Gross in 2014.

Degrees offered: B.A. (communication), M.A. (global communication, communication management, public diplomacy, strategic public relations), Ph.D. (communication)

School of Journalism Annenberg's School of Journalism benefits from its access to the Los Angeles market. Its director is Willow Bay, who joined in 2014.

Degrees offered: B.A. (journalism, public relations), M.A. (journalism, specialized journalism, strategic public relations)


USCI was established in 2006 by USC President C.L. "Max" Nikias (then provost). In fall 2011, USCI became part of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, whose programs include those on public diplomacy, new Chinese media, and economics reporting.

Professional education

Awards presented


Editors: Manuel Castells, Larry Gross

Editor: Robert Niles (ceased operation on June 16, 2008)

Student activities

Students are active with USC's student-run newspaper, the Daily Trojan; USC Annenberg's online news publication, Neon Tommy; USC Annenberg's nightly television newscast, Annenberg TV News; its TV newsmagazine Impact; Radio show Annenberg Radio News; Community digital journalism news website focusing on South Los Angeles. USC Annenberg is also home to the nationally ranked, award-winning Trojan Debate Squad, as well as student chapters of the Radio-Television News Directors Association and Public Relations Student Society of America. Students also run an in-house public relations agency that works with non-profit and small business clients.

Annenberg TV News airs Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. on Trojan Vision. Students are responsible for reporting local, national and international news and producing the newscast live on air.


USC Annenberg's career development office provides services exclusively to USC Annenberg students and alumni. Services include daily online job and internship postings; career and job fairs; and a variety of workshop, counseling and interview opportunities.


Resources include a fully digital three-camera broadcast studio, a television newsroom, a digital lab equipped with more than 50 Avid nonlinear video editing systems, four computer classrooms and the Experiential Learning Center. Fourteen classrooms feature multimedia display capabilities. Professional media and research software applications are installed on more than 200 computers available for student use.

International programs

USC Annenberg offers study-abroad opportunities for undergraduate students in Amsterdam, Auckland, Buenos Aires, Christchurch, Hong Kong, London, Singapore and Sydney. Graduate journalism and public relations students may complete summer internships in Cape Town, Hong Kong and London, and public diplomacy students have the opportunity to complete summer internships abroad. USC Annenberg offers a joint MA/MSc graduate degree program in global communication with the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Notable faculty members and instructors


Janet Fulk Peter Monge Patricia Riley


Admissions statistics


Total undergraduate enrollment (Fall 2015): 1,440

Freshman class statistics

Number applied 2,232
Number admitted 283
Number entered 155
Average GPA (unweighted) 3.61
Middle 50% SAT 1920–2180


Total graduate enrollment (Fall 2007): 545

Graduate program statistics

Program No. Enrolled
Communication Ph.D. 92
Communication Management 238
Journalism 97
Public Diplomacy 52
Strategic Public Relations 54

Finances and fundraising

See also


  1. "About the Fellowships". Center for Health Journalism. The California Endowment/USC Annenberg. Retrieved June 4, 2016.

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