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Annenberg TV News

(213) 740-3847
(213) 740-0755 (FAX)
Follow ATVN on Facebook and Twitter

Annenberg TV News (ATVN) is USC’s award-winning, multimedia television news operation. ATVN produces live nightly newscasts shown campus-wide and creates innovative news and sports multimedia coverage for the Web. ATVN’s aspiring journalists and leaders develop skills in newsgathering and production while covering campus, local, national and international stories of importance to the USC community. Away from commercial influences, students resolve the ethical dilemmas of daily news and obtain the hands-on experience needed to work in the professional world. Students from all majors work in ATVN’s all-digital newsroom and studio. ATVN graduates work in local network and multimedia operations all over the country. Visit, follow @atvn on Twitter and watch our live newscasts on Trojan Vision.


(213) 740-3927

IMPACT is a half-hour television news magazine and documentary program produced by USC Annenberg broadcast journalism students. Students, with no prior experience necessary, learn to pitch ideas, research, shoot, write and edit their own stories. The award-winning program airs on Trojan Vision on more than 40 cable systems throughout Southern California, is carried on various online television sources. Visit our Website ( and subscribe to our podcast. You can also find us on YouTube.

If you are interested in participating in this program, call (213) 740-3927.

Neon Tommy

(213) 740-8008

Neon Tommy is a Web-only, Los Angeles-based news source sponsored by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. It covers crucial stories that would otherwise fall by the wayside, providing meaningful context in a cluttered media landscape. Its fleet of student reporters focuses on Los Angeles and Southern California news, with selective coverage of national and international events. Neon Tommy serves not only as a lab and incubator for transformative innovation in the fast-changing world of journalism but also as a vibrant source of the best in local, regional, national and international reporting and commentary.

Radio Station

(213) 740-1483

KXSC is the official campus radio station. It is the student source for music, news, sports and information. The radio station broadcasts on 1560 AM and also transmits via the Internet ( from its location in the Campus Center. The reception desk can be reached at (213) 740-1483.

If you would like to work at the station, there are opportunities in sales, engineering, public relations, concerts and programming. Students who wish to become on-air talent can visit for an application. Call (213) 740-1483 or email for more information.

Trojan Vision Television

Executive Director: Don Tillman
Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts
(213) 743-2731
3131 S. Figueroa St.

Trojan Vision is USC’s student-operated television station located on the University Park Campus. The station began producing and airing original content on September 15, 1997 through a grant from the USC Annenberg Center. In the spring of 1999, a generous donation from renowned Hollywood director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) provided funding for a state-of-the-art digital training facility, the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, where Trojan Vision continues to operate to this day.

In 2006, Trojan Vision was invited to join the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The station provides its staff of students with a hands-on learning experience in all areas of television production, as well as the opportunity for student work to be seen on campus, throughout the greater Los Angeles area and all over the world. In addition to volunteering at the station, students may receive class credit for working at Trojan Vision through CTPR 409, an upper-division cinema-television production course available to all students for 2 or 4 units.

Trojan Vision, which airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is an important training ground for students from all majors and colleges within the university. Trojan Vision programming is produced exclusively by students and is broadcast to the entire campus community on Channel 8.1 in high definition, reaching more than 34,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff daily. Trojan Vision reaches more than two million homes with availability throughout Los Angeles on LA@36, and the station also provides programming across the globe 24 hours a day through live and on-demand Internet streaming at As of February 2011, Trojan Vision also operates the Trojan Vision Student Film Channel on channel 8.3, showcasing the work of talented students from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Trojan Vision has won numerous awards. It has been named the “best college television station in the country” by “Spin Magazine,” and was awarded six Telly Awards, which honor “outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs.” Trojan Vision’s most recent accolades include two Ava Awards, a platinum award for their Longo Lexus video and a gold award for their DPS safety training video.

Trojan Vision’s professional production house, the Special Productions department, offers Trojan Vision’s best and brightest students the opportunity to work on paid shoots for clients both inside and outside the university. Previous shoots have included the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Student Emmys telecast. All students on the special productions team have gone through rigorous training that teaches them how to use industry-standard equipment and prepares them to enter the workforce by gaining invaluable real world experience.

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