USC Annenberg is ushering in a new era of digital media education, communication and production with the groundbreaking of a visionary new building and the launch of a $150 million fundraising initiative.

On Nov. 8, 2012, USC will welcome trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of USC Annenberg to campus for a ceremony marking the beginning of the initiative. Funds raised will pay for capital projects to enhance Wallis Annenberg Hall – labs, studios and technology – as well as student scholarships, fellowships, chaired professorships and funding for start-ups led by students and faculty.

Plans for the new 88,000-square-foot, five-floor building, scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, call for a four-story atrium with a rooftop skylight and multistory digital media tower and a fully converged, 20,000-square-foot newsroom that will allow students to share and publish from multiple sources to any medium. Television, radio and direct-to-Web vodcast studios will each be multipurpose and allow publishing to multiple platforms.

Planning for the building was initiated by a $50 million lead gift from The Annenberg Foundation at the direction of Wallis Annenberg, the foundation’s chairman, president and CEO.

Join us at 11 a.m. at the new building site, on the west side of Pertusati Bookstore on Childs Way, as we celebrate the groundbreaking. An all-school lunch will follow, set in Founders Park.

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