Ebony Publisher Pledges $2.5 Million to Create Journalism Center at USC
The publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, Johnson Publishing Co., has pledged $2.5 million to create a new program to support journalism and communication students in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.
Established by Linda Johnson Rice, president and CEO of Johnson Publishing and an alumna of USC, the Johnson Communication Leadership Center will have at its core a new undergraduate scholarship program — the first at the school to focus on the specific interests of the African-American community. Recipients of the Johnson Scholarships will be selected for the program based on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and a strong interest and involvement in issues related to African Americans in the world of journalism and communication.
We are deeply grateful for the vision and generosity of Linda Johnson Rice in creating this pioneering center,” says Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School. “The Johnson Scholarships will allow USC Annenberg to continue to attract outstanding students as we develop the next generation of media leaders prepared to shape the future of journalism and communication.”
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