A Note of Thanks to USC, Annenberg for ‘& Journalism’

During this time of thanks, I want to offer a sincere thank you to the University of Southern California. In early October, USC announced that its Annenberg School for Communication was being renamed the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

In this era of uber-uncertainty and declining professional prospects within the industry, the school’s name change is a clear sign that universities will fight to keep journalism alive. The school’s dean: “The ‘Fourth Estate’ has been under siege. As one of the premier educational institutions in the United States to offer comprehensive communication, journalism and public relations programs, it is incumbent upon us to step up and publicly support the future of the profession.”

As the prominent journalism educator who passed the announcement my way noted, “While one could say it’s only words, I think it’s a strong signal of enduring values in a rapidly changing world.”

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