USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

USC Annenberg — ranked fifth among journalism graduate schools by NewsPro magazine — demonstrated its commitment to multidisciplinary projects with practical applications for society by debuting the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. At the open house, graduate student Lauren Fenton, left, explains an Interactive GeoSurface Map, a land-use storytelling tool that uses geographic data of oil-drilling locations in the Los Angeles area.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. Established in 1971 through the generosity of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, the school offers a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and drawing upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world.

USC Annenberg’s commitment to the converged practice of communication and journalism, interdisciplinary studies, and collaboration makes it unique among peer institutions. Students learn from both theory and practice, and the school’s programs put it at the crossroads of media, entertainment technology and globalization — an intersection with an unlimited number of possible paths.

The school’s nationally accredited journalism program provides experience for students in all media platforms, with a digital newsroom, state-of-the-art editing equipment for radio and television news production and the opportunity to work at on-campus media outlets, including Annenberg TV News, Annenberg Radio News and Neon Tommy, USC Annenberg’s digital news site. The school’s public relations program prepares students to thrive in the information age, learning to write and communicate targeted messages across multiple platforms. The School of Communication’s multidisciplinary curriculum requires students to examine the processes and effects of discourse occurring in cross-cultural, public, international, organizational and mass media contexts. USC Annenberg’s active internship program and study abroad opportunities give students the broad, global perspective required to be successful professionals. 

USC Annenberg alumni fill top posts throughout the communication and media industries — including film, television, radio, newspapers, telecommunication, multimedia, advertising, public relations and publishing — as well as in government, education and nonprofit agencies around the world. These actively involved alumni remain an invaluable resource to students and faculty.

USC Annenberg’s 108 faculty members have been widely recognized in diverse fields, earning Pulitzer Prizes, Emmys, duPont-Columbia Silver Batons, Guggenheim Fellowships and MacArthur grants, among others. As recognized leaders with global scholarly impact, they have produced groundbreaking research on networked societies, digital literacy, community information systems and new economic models for journalism. Their expertise challenges and inspires USC Annenberg students and prepares them to become communication leaders of tomorrow.


Ernest James Wilson III, Ph.D., Dean, Walter H. Annenberg Chair of Communication

Abigail Kaun, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Student Affairs

Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Research, Professor of Communication

Bruce Missaggia, MBA, CFM, CMA, CRA, Associate Dean, Finance

Francesca De Marco, M.A., Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Relations

Larry Gross, Ph.D., Vice Dean, Director, School of Communication

Geneva Overholser, M.A., Director, School of Journalism

Allyson Hill, M.A., Assistant Dean, Admissions

James Vasquez, B.A., Assistant Dean, Operations