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:
Memories and tears as USC marks the 16th anniversary of 9/11
A pair of students from New York happen upon the university’s annual memorial service in remembrance of the 2001 terror attack.
Onetime punk rocker uses photography to tell stories of ‘my Los Angeles’
Star Montana discovered photography during a tumultuous time. Now it’s an integral part of her life as she pursues an MFA at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
Freshman takes her love of moviemaking to another level
As a kid, she made a film with Barbie. Now Jillian Ruvalcaba is studying film and TV production and showing her Trojan pride.
Advice from one of your Friends: Lisa Kudrow shares career insight with USC drama students
Her impressive career has also had plenty of low points, like the time she was fired from Frasier.
Warrior Circle marks a new USC tradition for veterans and the Trojan community
The first-time ceremony uses ashes to symbolize the visible wounds of battle — and the invisible sacrifices — made by men and women who serve their country.
First-year student sees a need in video game design: increasing inclusivity in games
Mattie Rosen grew up loving video games, and now wants to work to see minorities and marginalized communities better represented in them.
With Prism headset, classmates-turned-entrepreneurs have augmented reality in sight
Their firm, Mira, is the first startup to come out of USC’s revolutionary Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy.
Neighbors get a closer look at USC Village open house — and say ‘thanks’
The new development brings much-needed stores and restaurants to the neighborhood, along with hundreds of new jobs.
USC Village opens to the Trojan Family with fanfare, streamers and a new campus icon
The largest development in the history of South L.A. — with restaurants, retailers and residential colleges — leaves quite an impression as it officially debuts.
From paparazzi shots to fan mags, film-industry archive provides glittering glimpses of Hollywood history
Changing technology makes the collection more important than ever — and lucky students get to hold film history in their own hands.
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.