The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will partner with the digital network Fusion to offer fellowships in storytelling, investigative reporting and documentary production.
Beginning in 2015, three graduates will be hired each year to work for the news, pop culture and satire network aimed at Millennials. Fusion is a joint venture of Univision Communications Inc., and the Walt Disney Co.
“Millennials are the most socially and culturally connected generation, so we have to think beyond the traditional modes of journalism,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. “By creating a pipeline of innovation between Fusion and the world’s best journalism schools like USC Annenberg, Fusion can continue to develop new ways to communicate with this diverse generation.”
Fellows will work for an initial six-month period at either the network’s Miami headquarters or Los Angeles production offices and will be assigned to one of Fusion’s production units.
“We are thrilled to partner with Fusion to offer Annenberg graduates professional opportunities with an innovative, forward-thinking media company,” said School of Journalism Director Willow Bay. “Working at a network that offers Millennials a unique mix of programming that includes in-depth reporting, investigative journalism, original series and documentaries will be extremely valuable for our grads. We look forward to developing new ways to collaborate with Isaac Lee and his team.”
For summer/fall 2015, fellows will be assigned to the following units:
Digital: The fellows in this unit should be adept at data visualization and infographic design and have the ability to craft stories through visual and interactive media.
Investigative: Fellows will help research and produce original investigative reports through both narrative and interactive storytelling. The investigative team will focus on injustice, corruption, immigration and the economy, among other topics.
Documentary: Fellows will assist in the production of feature-length documentaries, including camera work, editing and research.
At the completion of the program, the fellows may be considered for a permanent position at Fusion. USC Annenberg’s Department of Career Services will work with the network on the application process.