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Published on Oct 16, 2009
Oct. 7, 2009: Annenberg School gets a new name that invests in journalism
Recognizing the critically important role journalism plays in a democratic society and USC's role as a leading institution for educating and training journalists, the University of Southern California Board of Trustees has voted to change the name of the USC Annenberg School for Communication to the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
The change emphasizes the centrality of both the School of Communication and the School of Journalism in the overall mission of the USC Annenberg School. It also recognizes the legacy of Ambassador Walter Annenberg, whose early career was centered in journalism, and who recognized that both fields were necessary to the goal of a fully informed and empowered citizenry.
Our new name, and particularly the strong support of our primary champion, Wallis Annenberg, both underscores our commitment to journalism and also makes more explicit that we are a full-service school offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication, journalism and public relations, as well as programs for mid-career professionals. We are continuing to integrate the best of the journalistic tradition with contributions from the fields of communication, media studies and strategic public relations.