For USC Students

Intersections South L.A. offers online news, features and resources about South Los Angeles. Our coverage area stretches from University Park to Watts and explores quality-of-life issues including education, business, immigration, healthcare and the environment.

Intersections was founded at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in 2009 by professors Willa Seidenberg and Bill Celis with the goal of training students to cover this vibrant urban area neighboring the campus with depth.

Click here for a list of tips on reporting in South L.A.

There are plenty of ways for Annenberg students to get involved. So, you may be wondering…

Why should I contribute to Intersections?

  • To cover a neighborhood traditionally neglected by mainstream media that full of rich and exciting stories.
  • To develop skills in whichever fields you like, such as reporting, writing, editing, photography, video, radio, social media or digital media.
  • To hone your skills covering a range of beats including education, immigration, transportation, crime and the environment.
  • To work within a supportive, collaborative, friendly environment.
  • To work one-on-one with student and faculty editors.
  • To learn to cover one of the city’s most complex and fascinating neighborhoods.
  • To stay local, exploring the world just outside USC’s backyard.
  • To build a strong clips portfolio.
  • To learn about the field of online community news and niche reporting.

How can I get involved with Intersections?

  • Sign up for Intersections as your Learning Lab. (Undergraduates only.)
  • Join Intersections as a staff member, contributing to the site on a regular basis as a reporter, photographer, editor, web producer, social media manager or multimedia content producer.
  • Submit your class assignments about South L.A. for possible publication.
  • Drop by the weekly Intersections meetings to brainstorm stories, discuss reporting strategies and learn about South L.A. (Fall 2014 meeting times TBA.)
  • Browse through the site and our “Resources” tab to learn about South L.A. and find story ideas.

What should I do next?

  • Drop by the next Intersections meeting to meet the team and learn more. (Fall 2014 meeting times TBA.)
  • Email Editor Daina Solomon at [email protected]. In your note, write your class year, past journalism experience and how you would like to contribute to Intersections.

What if I am not an Annenberg student?

  • We encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration! Email Editor Daina Solomon at [email protected] to discuss ways to contribute.