Technology has disrupted the news and information sphere at a frenetic pace. Almost anyone with a message now has the means to distribute it widely, but competition is fierce, attention spans are short and trust is low. The surge of information has weakened traditional journalistic gatekeepers and emboldened actors unconcerned with the public good. Solving the most important challenges of our time, including climate change, rising levels of inequality and global instability, will require citizens armed with accurate and reliable news and information. The News and Information Innovation minor combines Annenberg's journalistic expertise with the collaborative team- and design-based strategies fostered at the Iovine and Young Academy to give students from across the university the mindset and skills needed to be thought leaders and change agents in the information ecosystem. Through this minor, students have the opportunity to think differently about how journalism functions in order to innovate the practice through human-centered-design, product innovation, entrepreneurialism, and service design.
Additional electives, including in other schools at USC, will be considered through student advisement.
Information on how to apply for the minor can be found at: iovine-young.usc.edu.