When Steve Kearns graduated from USC Annenberg in 2016, he was ready to jump into a professional career. He had been drawn to public relations because of the practical tools, resources and skill-building the program offers. While an undergraduate PR major, Kearns made connections while interning for leading entertainment brands and learned firsthand knowledge about industry needs. These real-life experiences gave Kearns the confidence to remain focused, take initiative and be creative in his approach.
Broadcast journalist finding success by connecting with people
At 11:58 a.m. on the morning of April 18, staff at the Los Angeles Times received an email directing them to the newsroom. This was no ordinary Monday morning meeting. It was Pulitzer Prize day, and within moments, clapping and cheers erupted as the news was announced via a livestream of the awards: the paper had won a Pulitzer.
“It was a totally euphoric moment,” said...
USC Annenberg alumna Jenna Pittaway in Israel. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Velez Five years ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas told the public he was an undocumented immigrant.
“He was at the height of his career, but he felt like he had to speak out about his status,” according to USC Annenberg alumna...
Carly Rae Jepsen put out one of the iconic songs of our time — an instant cultural phenomenon. I resented the week that, along with the rest of America, I couldn’t shake “Call Me Maybe” from my head. But eventually, beyond the flirtatious battle cry, I came to find valuable career wisdom embedded in her lyrics.
This week, more than 2,000 digital journalists will attend the sold-out 2015 Online News Association conference. Among them are USC Annenberg students and faculty members, as well as distinguished alumni.
In April, students received advice from USC Annenberg alum Bill Chandler, senior vice president of global corporate communication at Gap Inc.
Alexandra Gurley's acceptance letter. Courtesy of Alexandra Gurley As a senior in high school in New York, attending USC was my ultimate dream. After a particularly competitive year of admission rates for out of state students and the feared “thanks, but no thanks” letter from USC, I still held on to the hope of being a Trojan. I was accepted into some other great schools across the country...