About this project

This project is my thesis for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. This project is the final step to complete my master’s degree in online (multimedia) journalism.

My Committee:

Committee Chair: Willa Seidenberg, Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Annenberg Radio News and Intersections: The South Los Angeles Report. Willa is an incredible professor teaching future journalists the in and outs of broadcast journalism. Willa is heavily involved in the South Los Angeles community, heading several USC outreach and mentorship programs. Above all, she teaches students to treat the subjects of our stories with respect and compassion.

Committee Member: Robert Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice. Robert is a web-guru teaching students how to use multimedia in their storytelling. He’s the pioneer of teaching future journalists to “macgyver” our way through digital journalism because, as will always be true, technology changes and we can’t always know everything. Robert is in charge of the Online News Association chapter in Los Angeles and created the weekly “web journalism chat” on twitter (@wjchat, #wjchat on Wednesday evenings). You can follow him on Twitter @webjournalist.

Committee Member: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor of Sociology at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Pierrettee has done extensive research on Mexican and Central American immigrant communities. She focuses on gender and migration, religion, and immigrant activism. She’s held several research and writing fellowships including the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and the Getty Research Institute. Her book “Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence” won seven awards including the C. Wright Mills book award.¬†She’s also a part of USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture.