Annenberg TV News

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Annenberg TV News
Country of origin United States
Production company(s) USC Annenberg School for Communication
Original channel Trojan Vision
Original run September 28, 1998  – present
External links

Annenberg TV News, or ATVN, is a student-produced 30-minute nightly news program serving the University of Southern California student body and Downtown Los Angeles. ATVN airs live at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the school year on Trojan Vision 8 on campus and online on Trojan Vision's website. The student reporters also produce exclusive web content year-round on


Founded in September 1998, ATVN gives students hands-on broadcast and multimedia journalism skills that make graduates competitive in media operations across the country.

Regardless of major or class standing, ATVN invites all students to volunteer in the newsroom and studio as assignment desk editors, multimedia journalists, anchors and reporters. Many broadcast journalism classes require students to work a shift in ATVN to supplement their in-class learning.[1] Every semester, a new staff of students takes command of the newscast. Students learn to make editorial decisions under deadline pressure, produce original stories and use studio equipment found in professional newsrooms and studios. These programs include Avid iNews, Avid NewsCutter non-linear editing, Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects and Drupal content management system. In 2009, ATVN began using Streambox technology to allow for reporter liveshots on air.[2]

With the help of 250-300 volunteers daily, ATVN focuses on news about the University of Southern California and the greater Los Angeles area, in addition to covering major national and international events.

Mission statement[edit]

Away from commercial influences, our journalists resolve the ethical dilemmas of daily news, defend the ideals cultivated in their classrooms and obtain the hands-on experience that will prepare them for the professional world. ATVN journalists tackle a wide range of topics including community, political, international and sports news.

It is our hope that producers and reporters leave Annenberg TV News with the best visions of television journalism and the multimedia frontier fresh in their minds, so they will improve the profession and serve our society well.[3]


Awards Category Year Reporter
Edwin O. and JoAnn Guthman Award Scholarship 2010 Matt Schrader
Society of Professional Journalists - Region 11 2nd place, Best Daily Newscast 2010 ---
Society of Professional Journalists - Region 11 1st place, Online Sports Reporting 2010 Chris Breece
Society of Professional Journalists - Region 11 2nd place, Online Sports Reporting 2010 Jacqueline Tsai
Society of Professional Journalists - Region 11 3rd place, Online Feature Reporting 2010 Jacqueline Tsai
Society of Professional Journalists - Region 11 3rd place, Television Photography 2010 Lysee Mitri
USC Webfest 1st Prize, "Inform" Category 2010 Jacqueline Tsai
Hearst Journalism Awards 11th place, Television News 2010 Rachel Thomas
Allan Malamud Award Scholarship 2009 Ben Brown
Allan Malamud Award Scholarship 2009 Josh Moser
Allan Malamud Award Scholarship 2009 Kevin Lu
Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship Scholarship 2009 Alex Goldsmith
Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship Scholarship 2009 Trevor Thompson
Edwin O. and JoAnn Guthman Award Scholarship 2009 Derek Staahl
Elaine Caday-Eames Memorial Award Scholarship 2009 Asim Bharwani
Glen and Alberta Ingles Endowed Scholarship Scholarship 2009 Derek Staahl
Hearst Journalism Awards 2nd place, Television News 2009 Mat Mendez
Hearst Journalism Awards Seventh place, Television News 2009 Katie Kim

Executive producers[edit]

Executive producers at Annenberg TV News are in charge of all running day-to-day operations, including the newscast, managing the Web site at and organizing coverage of events, as well as a number of other weekly duties.[4] EP tenures are usually the same as the school year, running from the beginning of the fall to the end of the spring.


  • Alvand Abdolsalehi
  • Kate Cagle
  • Lysee Mitri
  • Derek Staahl
  • Alex Goldsmith—Sports Director


  • Marie Agnello
  • Christian Martinez
  • Matt Schrader
  • Kristen Steach
  • Alex Wilk—Sports Director


  • David McAlpine
  • Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner
  • Lauren Furniss
  • Eleni Press—Sports Director
  • Robbie Heeger—Multimedia Director


  • Christen Lazarcheck
  • Olivia Heinle
  • Emily Shapiro
  • Riannon Trutanich
  • Nick Burton—Sports Director
  • Kayla Colin—Multimedia Director


  • Jessica Benson
  • Kayla Colin
  • Julia Deng
  • Sarah Sax
  • Kristen Rodgers—Sports Director
  • Matt Hamilton—Multimedia Director

Faculty advisors[edit]

  • Serena Cha - director
  • Stacy Scholder - associate director
  • John Goldsmith - production supervisor
  • Tom Norris - production supervisor
  • Bianca Carneiro - web supervisor

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Lauren Furniss - producer, Bloomberg News San Francisco, California
  • Matt Schrader - producer, KOVR-TV Sacramento, California
  • Alex Wilk - producer, NFL Network Los Angeles
  • Kristen Steach - writer, KCBS-TV Los Angeles
  • Kate Cagle - reporter, KPTV-TV Portland, Oregon
  • Ned Dannenberg - producer, WSMV-TV, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Lauren Evans - anchor, WILX Lansing, Michigan
  • Kaelyn Forde-Eckenrode - correspondent, RT, Washington, D.C.
  • Alex Goldsmith - reporter, KRQE Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jamie Hersch - anchor/reporter, WKOW Madison, Wisconsin
  • Anne Hsu - producer, KPSP-CD Palm Springs, California
  • Katie Kim - reporter, KRQE Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Steven Kim - producer, ESPN
  • Chris McKinnon - reporter, KREX Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Mat Mendez - reporter/digital journalist, WTVD Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
  • Elex Michaelson - reporter, KABC-TV Los Angeles, California
  • Lysee Mitri - producer/reporter, WKOW-TV Madison, Wisconsin
  • Stacy Persoff - producer, KIRO-TV Seattle
  • Derek Staahl - producer/reporter, XETV San Diego, California


  1. ^ "Join ATVN". ATVN. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Streambox "USC Broadcast Journalism Program Adopts Streambox for IP-based Newsgathering"
  3. ^ "About". ATVN. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ ATVN Positions