Joanna Clay is a writer and multimedia producer for USC News. She’s been a reporter for The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times community news. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories by Joanna Clay:
Teen entrepreneur gets down to business, with help from USC neighborhood programs
Ximena Salas’ clothing company Mis Raíces is making a statement in the Latino community — just like its founder, who one day hopes to be a Trojan.
Warrior-Scholar Project guides Marine — a USC DPS officer — to success in school
The weeklong bootcamp prepares vets for an academically rigorous environment, and USC is the only California school that participates.
Lessons from hide-and-go-seek: Game unlocks the secret workings of children’s minds
🔊 Audio story: Henrike Moll’s research shakes up long-held beliefs about what makes kids tick. Want to play?
USC researcher, and AI, give homeless youth a helping hand with HIV education
Eric Rice needed a better way to identify peer educators, and software was the answer.
Incoming scholar’s path to USC includes an escape from war-torn Syria
Born in Boston but raised largely in Damascus, the new freshman has big ideas — and a special calling based on what she’s seen firsthand.
Earthquake Center interns leave lab behind, getting their hands on real faults
The students are spending the summer doing important research at the Southern California Earthquake Center, considered an international leader in earthquake forecasting.
Summer Programs give high schoolers a taste of college life — and credits for comedy
From comedy performance to criminal justice, USC Summer Programs give teens the experience to help them decide on a major or even a career.
Program sets stage for acting teachers, giving them new ways to share their craft
Acting instructors become students again and reconnect with their art as USC hosts national Teacher Development Program.
For Pacific Islanders at USC, PISA provides friendship and family
The student organization, formed in the fall, offers support for students facing cultural barriers and other challenges as they navigate university life.
Once a foster youth, Carmen Noyola succeeds as student and single mom — with plenty of Trojan help
Her long-range plan: Use her USC education to create permanent housing for former foster and probation youth, providing them a base as they enter adulthood.
Faces, and stories, in the crowd: Proud parents, Army buddies and more
From the family that flew in from Japan to the first-generation graduate whose girlfriend had to work, there were plenty of stories to share Friday. Here are a few of them.
When Trojans span generations, commencement becomes a family affair
✌ Class of 2017: Brynn Evans is graduating Friday, and her grandfather won’t be far away: As a Half Century Trojan, he’s walking in the ceremony, too.
Valedictorian Cooper Nelson plans to go Hollywood — but can always fall back on law
✌ Class of 2017: Her USC adventure has stretched from cinema to history, with a little Voltron and Bigfoot thrown in for good measure.
Salutatorian Amanda Semler dives into a future in marine science
✌ Class of 2017: Her home state of Minnesota is about as far from the ocean as you can get, but her experiences at USC showed the sea was her true calling.
Salutatorian Jordan Kondo left his Hawaii home and hasn’t stopped traveling — or learning
✌ Class of 2017: He says USC’s interdisciplinary outlook and short-term international programs changed his entire career trajectory.
Globetrotting Trojan proves research isn’t just for grad students
✌ Class of 2017: Johanna Reyes is making an impact from Mexico to Cuba, and intends to do even more.
As final exams approach, here are things you can do to make it through in top shape
USC experts have advice — some of it common sense, some surprising — that will help you conquer the week ahead or any time of stress.
Age-old skills give USC classics students a big win over their contemporaries
What gave the Trojans a leg up in the Classics Olympia competition? Credit the Classics Department’s intimacy — especially small class sizes and student-faculty camaraderie.
USC Annenberg’s Fred Cook asks PR students to get out of the classroom
He had an unlikely career path with a string of unique odd jobs; now he’s pushing his students to have their own unconventional experiences as part of their classwork.
Book ’em: Fans, families flock to nation’s largest literary festival
USC’s University Park Campus hosts some 150,000 visitors to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
Trojan students volunteering in Greece witness refugees’ plight firsthand
Justin Lee, one of nine USC students who spent their spring break working at a refugee camp, shares what he saw: ‘I was kind of stunned.’
Teen journalists make Boyle Heights their beat
With support from USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign, reporters and editors bring the Boyle Heights Beat newspaper — and the community — to life.
Trojans get feet wet in world of surf journalism
“It teaches them to understand the community they cover and move beyond cliché,” says the course’s creator, Keith Plocek.
Margaret Cho shares stories with stand-up students
The comedian discusses her own experiences as a beginner in San Francisco.