Annenberg TV News is a student-run news operation that produces a live nightly newscast at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, that airs campus-wide on Trojan Vision. ATVN also produces exclusive web content.
ATVN welcomes all USC students regardless of major or class standing. To get involved with USC’s first source for news, you must attend the Open House held at the beginning of each semester. Please check our calendar to see the date and time of our Open House.
Every 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 advance and 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, Avid NewsCutter non-linear editing, Adobe Photoshop and AfterEffects. Editorial understanding and technology skills make our graduates competitive in media operations across the country.
If you are currently enrolled in JOUR 204, JOUR 303, or JOUR 306 and a broadcast journalism major, you must fulfill a learning lab requirement at ATVN. These are the positions you can be involved in if you are enrolled in one of these courses:
JOUR 203 – Studio Crew or Graphics (2-hour shift per week)
JOUR 303 – Writer/Shooter/Editor (4-hour shift per week), Studio Crew or Graphics (2 hour shift per week)
JOUR 306 – Writer/Shooter/Editor (4-hour shift per week)
If you are a non-major interested in obtaining credit for your ATVN work through JOUR 210x, you must see Associate Director Stacy Scholder at the Open House 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 you can fit into your schedule. Volunteers typically start either at the assignment desk or on graphics/studio shifts, but there may be opportunities to work your way up to becoming writer/shooter/editors, reporters and anchors.
Special note to graduate students:
If your goal is to become a reporter, newscast producer or segment producer after you graduate, you may want to find time to take J402 reporting and J403 producing (both classes include graduate and undergraduate students) in your second year. In those courses, you will report or produce for ATVN. 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 Open House and sign up for an audition time. You must show up on time for your audition (deadlines and details will be provided at the Open House). You must be available from 12 - 7 p.m. on at least one day, Monday through Thursday. As a news anchor, you will be responsible for completing assignments given by the producer of the day. If you are selected for weather or sports, you are responsible for producing your own segment.