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USC Annenberg School for Communication

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USC Annenberg prepares students for a range of influential careers and a lifetime of intellectual engagement. Matthew Ott, a broadcast journalism and cinema production double major, directs a three-program block of live TV for Trojan Vision, USC’s student-run television station. Guests have included director George Lucas, actor Jason Lee and singer Fiona Apple.

The Annenberg School for Communication, established in 1971 through the generosity of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, offers a wide range of instructional and research programs through its Schools of Communication and Journalism.

Entertainment, technology and global trade are powerful forces in the world today, and the Annenberg School, located in a “multimedia mecca” (the National Science Foundation has designated USC as the country’s primary multimedia research center), plays a vital role in the growth of all three areas. USC Annenberg programs combine a policy-oriented focus with cutting-edge research and teaching, and the school is providing leadership in areas ranging from the quality of civic discourse, to journalism ethics, to global communication. The opportunities are boundless, and USC Annenberg aims to link its programs to cultural, political, technological and social developments around the world.

With a state-of-the-art online electronic newsroom and digital editing equipment for radio and television news production, the School of Journalism is at the forefront of efforts to prepare students for the new information age, while maintaining the highest ethical standards of journalistic practice. The School of Communication’s experiential learning laboratory facilitates interactive exploration and simulation of the many aspects of communication. Students examine the processes and effects of discourse occurring in interpersonal, cross-cultural, public, international, organizational and mass media contexts.

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

Annenberg faculty are prize-winning journalism professionals and renowned communication scholars who are distinguished by their teaching and research excellence. Their enthusiasm and expertise in these dynamic fields challenge and inspire USC Annenberg students and prepare them to become the communication leaders of tomorrow.


Geoffrey Cowan, LL.B., Dean

Thomas A. Hollihan, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Faculty and Academic Affairs

Martin H. Kaplan, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Programs and Planning

Rebecca Avila, M.P.A., Associate Dean, Administration

Stacey Dunn, M.B.A., Associate Dean, Finance

Janet Fulk, Director, Strategic Initiatives