USC Annenberg Announces 9-Month Masters Degree in Journalism

USC Annenberg announced a new, nine-month long master’s degree program set to replace their old, two-year program come Fall 2014.

If that’s not the best evidence that the industry is transforming and the barriers to entry for aspriring journos are crumbling, I don’t know what is.

And it’s not just an expedited M.S., there’s also a fancy building, the Wallis Annenberg Hall, 88,000 square feet of “professional-quality video, radio and vodcast studios and a digitally converged newsroom for the school’s award winning, student-run online, broadcast television, documentary and radio news outlets.,” according to the release.

USC Annenberg Dean, Ernest J. Wilson,  is quoted as saying that the newsroom is meant to break down the ‘silos’ of print, broadcast, and online journalism. There’s a 360 assignment desk that serves as the ‘nucleus’ for student run publications, where students can ‘seamlessly share’ audio and video.

It actually sounds like a summer camp I’d want to go to — and if I hadn’t already wasted two years of my life for a media studies degree, I’d be all over it.

It’s brief, innovative, and to the point. All good lessons for aspiring journos or professionals who want to get back in the game; there’s also an M.A. in Specialized Journalism — like the arts, natural sciences, or sports.

School of  Journalism Director Michael Parks says in the release that:

People want their news where they want it, when they want it and the way they want it, and deserve to get that news and information with all the values that American journalism provides. We’re producing journalists who can deliver what the consumer wants in an ethical and comprehensive fashion.

Maybe you don’t need a degree — just good internet — to be a journalist anymore. But even if it is all about the actwe might as well teach people how to do it well.