Hello and welcome to the Media Center!
If you are reading this, it’s because you have been assigned to work on the Community Reporting desk at the Media Center.
What does that mean?
Students assigned to community reporting will work on one of two beats: South LA, or Global City. Their work will be seen either on Annenberg Media or Intersections South LA outlets.
Why are we doing this?
Community Reporting shifts are designed to help students develop reporting skills by working on developing stories and sources for both short turn-around news and longer-term projects.
What about the other students?
All J207/307 students not assigned to Community Reporting this semester are assigned to Live Production. That means they work for student editors on daily coverage for the web, radio and tv broadcasts. Every J207/J307 student will do one semester of Community Reporting and one semester of Live Production.
What if I don’t like my assignment?
Please give it a chance. If you really feel uncomfortable or uncertain after a few weeks, please talk to a News Fellow or a Faculty Advisor.
What will I do on my shift?
All students will sign in and make sure the student editor knows he or she has arrived and is ready to work. Community reporting students have some specific tasks to do during their shifts, and will also be working on special projects. You will learn more from your student editor and the News Fellow working on your beat.
Where will my work be published/seen?
The South LA community desk will be publishing primarily on Intersections South LA outlets. The students assigned to the USC beat will be pitching and covering stories for AnnenbergMedia.com and the Annenberg Media television and radio outlets. You can see a full list of all of our outlets here.
Does this mean the community reporting students never leave the building?
No. Community reporting students will be sent to cover stories. You will also do reporting outside of the building for special projects.
How do I know who my student editor is?
You will meet your student editor/Faculty Advisor/News Fellow during your first shift. The student editors for the South LA beat are Kate Sequeira, Lauren Giella, and Simrin Singh. The News Fellow is Alejandra Molina. The student editors for the Global City beat are Katherine Wiles, Dongyao Nie, and Diana Postolache. The News Fellow is Lata Pandya.