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Join ATVN

Annenberg TV News (ATVN) is USC’s award-winning television-multimedia news operation. ATVN produces a live nightly newscast at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, that airs campus-wide on Trojan Vision.  ATVN also creates exclusive web content to enhance our broadcast.

ATVN welcomes all USC students regardless of major or class standing. To get involved with ATVN, you MUST attend our Signup Day the second Wednesday of every semester and register with the Annenberg Media Center. This semester's Signup Day is Wednesday, September 3, 2014. 

Each semester, a new staff of students takes command of the newscasts. Students working for ATVN are encouraged to learn and practice as many different skills as possible in order to prepare for their careers. Students learn to make editorial decisions under deadline pressure, to write, shoot and edit, and to use software, cameras and studio equipment found in professional newsrooms. With hard work, they can become proficient in using technology including AVID iNews, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe Photoshop. Editorial understanding and technology skills make our graduates competitive in media operations across the country.

If you are currently enrolled in JOUR 203, JOUR 303, or JOUR 306 and are a broadcast journalism major, you must fulfill a learning lab requirement at ATVN. These are the positions that are associated with the learning lab requirement for the following core curriculum courses:
JOUR 203 – Studio Crew/Graphics/Assignment Desk (2-hour shift per week)
JOUR 303 – Multimedia Journalist (4-hour shift per week) or Studio Crew/Graphics/Assignment Editor (two 2-hour shifts per week)
JOUR 306 – Multimedia Journalist (4-hour shift per week) or Web Supervisor (4-hour shift per week)

If you take JOUR 402 reporting or JOUR 403 producing in your junior or senior year (or as a second-year grad student, see below), you will fulfill a learning lab shift at ATVN.
JOUR 402 - Reporter (all-day shift every other week, plus evergreen packaging for ATVN on alternating weeks)
JOUR 403 - Newscast Producer (one all-day shift each week)

If you are a non-major interested in earning 2 course units for your ATVN work through JOUR 210x, you must see Associate Director Rebecca Haggerty at the Signup Day to discuss your weekly assignment.

Whether you are a core learning lab student, journalism-major volunteer or non-major volunteer, you are encouraged to try as many positions as your schedule allows. Volunteers typically start either at the assignment desk, graphics or studio shifts, but there may be opportunities to work your way up to becoming multimedia journalists, reporters and anchors.

Special note to graduate students:

If your goal is to become a reporter, a newscast producer, segment producer or multimedia journalist after you graduate, you may want to find time to take JOUR 402 reporting and/or JOUR 403 producing (both these classes do include graduate and undergraduate students) in your second year. In those courses, you will report or produce for ATVN. You can also choose to take JOUR 499 News/Sports Multimedia Production in your second year to combine your broadcast storytelling skills with multimedia skills. To become familiar with the workings of ATVN and the basic skills involved BEFORE you take those upper level courses, you are strongly encouraged to volunteer at ATVN during your first year at Annenberg.

ATVN skills have helped our graduates succeed at the network and local level. Visit our alumni section. Click on New York and California to see examples of where our graduates work on the air and behind the scenes.

Note to anchor applicants:

To be eligible to an anchor position, you must come to the Signup Day and sign up for an audition time. You must show up on time for your audition (deadlines and details will be provided at the Signup Day). You must be available from 12 - 7 p.m. on at least one day, Monday through Thursday. As a news anchor, you must be able to complete day-of-air deadline packages and cover major stories assigned by the producer of the day. If you are selected for weather or sports, you are responsible for producing your own segments. For more information, see Positions.

For more information: 

Please contact Stacy Scholder, Director of ATVN, or Rebecca Haggerty, Associate Director of ATVN. 

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