Storytelling in the Digital Age

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Credit: 3.0 units of USC credit

Prerequisites: None

Special Dress Code: None

Course Materials:
A list of student materials required for each course,
as well as purchase options, will be provided by May 1st.

Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday (Updated May 27, 2020)

AM Session(s) PM Session(s)
9:00 – 11:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 3:00 – 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Please note: In addition to assignments and independent work, all courses have a morning and afternoon live class session. For students
joining from overseas, faculty will provide recordings of certain classes that can be watched a-synchronously at a more convenient time.
Participation, attendance and expectations for the course will be provided by your instructor.


The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest news stories of our lifetimes. You will report and write stories that show how it disrupted your life and your community. Individual and team-reported projects will highlight what's working, what's not working and bring attention to the unsung heroes of the pandemic. You'll have the flexibility to produce stories about sports, politics, religion, the arts, and culture. You'll write journal entries in the first person. You'll profile people who live in your community. You'll learn storytelling techniques for text, video and audio platforms. You will gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for journalists in the digital world. Your critical thinking and analytical skills will expand.

This online class will be conducted via Zoom. If stay-at-home orders are lifted by the start of the summer session, we'll still focus on the pandemic but with greater flexibility for students to conduct in-person interviews in their communities. Otherwise, no in-person interviews or reporting will be allowed for public health and safety reasons.


  • Enjoy the freedom to produce stories about politics, sports, culture, among other topics
  • Engage people near and far as the pandemic levels the playing field for journalists reporting remotely
  • Practice what you learn and build your own portfolio focused on one of the biggest stories of our lifetime
  • Publish stories on Instagram, Medium and USC Annenberg's news website
  • Learn reporting and writing skills, interviewing techniques, and new ways of presenting stories
  • Produce journalism that highlights human triumphs in these challenging times

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Topic of Study

  • Interviewing, reporting and writing techniques
  • Basic and advanced photography and video skills
  • How to engage with your audience on social media
  • Changing rules of journalism; Old and new story structures
  • Media law and accountability journalism

The instructor was able to turn the classroom into a real working environment, I felt like I was part of a newsroom sitting at the table every day.

USC Summer Programs 2019 Student