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Letter from the Editors


Thank you for reading this volume of Watt Way digital magazine.

Watt Way is a student-produced web publication showcasing longform writing and multimedia projects produced by journalism students at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. Created in the spring 2006 semester by graduated students enrolled in an advanced magazine writing class, contributions since then have come from a variety of classes and students, including undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in specialized reporting classes in business and education. In the 2008-2009 academic year, the magazine also drew students from the School’s new specialized journalism program, a one-year master’s degree program launched in fall 2008.

Our work focuses largely on South Los Angeles, a rich collection of neighborhoods and incorporated cities just south of the USC campus. As students learn how to weave compelling narratives accompanied by multimedia projects, they also how to learn how to navigate with more sophistication the South LA communities of immigrants, African Americans, Latinos and working-class Angelenos.

USC students and professors who contribute to the magazine are especially indebted to the Journalism School’s administration, which has offered substantial support over the years to enhance the magazine. We hope you will return to our site often to celebrate the achievement of our students and to learn more about the city we call home.

                                                                                          Bill Celis and Laura Castaneda,
                                                                                          USC Annenberg School of Journalism