Students at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism will collaborate with the Los Angeles Times to produce stories for The Times’ Homicide Report blog. The move will offer crime-reporting experience to student journalists from Neon Tommy, the publication of Annenberg Digital News.
This partnership coincides with the re-launch of the Homicide Report, which features a searchable database and an interactive map of the more than 2,600 killings in Los Angeles County in the last three years. “Since the first days of the Homicide Report in 2007, our goal has been to tell two stories about violent death in Los Angeles – the overall statistical portrayal of who dies, how they are killed and where, as well as the individual portraits of the human beings behind those numbers,” said David Lauter, Times assistant managing editor. “Collaborating with USC will allow us to tell far more of those human stories and, at the same time, help develop the next generation of L.A. journalists.”