Longtime educator Gordon Stables, who has been at USC since 2002, was named Wednesday director of university’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
Stables was appointed to the position by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay, who also appointed journalist Christina Bellantoni as professor of professional practice and director of USC Annenberg’s Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center.
Stables officially took over his new post on July 1, while Bellantoni will begin her job Aug. 16.
“Together, Professors Stables and Bellantoni will help position the School of Journalism at the forefront of media innovation and help build the diverse, creative workforce our changing field needs,” Bay said.
Stables is an experienced USC Annenberg educator and administrator, previously serving as clinical professor of communication, associate dean for student affairs and interim director for the School of Journalism.
“I am looking forward to bringing together our faculty, students and staff to develop the kinds of dynamic classes, projects and conversations that are only possible at USC Annenberg,” said Stables, who earned his doctorate in speech communication from the University of Georgia. “We have the opportunity to both study and drive the transformation of contemporary journalism and public relations.”
Bellantoni worked most recently as an assistant managing editor at the Los Angeles Times. She has worked as a print and digital reporter, TV producer and analyst, radio host and editor, with previous positions at Roll Call, PBS NewsHour, Talking Points Memo, the Washington Times, the Palo Alto Daily News and the San Jose Business Journal.
“Christina has just the right skill set and mindset to serve as media center director,” Bay said. “I know she will lead our journalism and public relations students just as she has award-winning newsroom teams. She’s a natural teacher who will leverage our media center — a newsroom, classroom and incubator for new approaches to telling stories and reaching audiences.”
Bellantoni was also an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2011 and was vice president of the Washington Press Club Foundation, which works to advance women and minorities in newsrooms.
“As someone who has worked across multiple platforms and has pioneered new ways to engage audiences, I know what the future of our field looks like,” said Bellantoni, who received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from UC Berkeley. “I can’t wait to guide students, as I did with journalists in my newsrooms, to break news and hold leaders accountable while producing meaningful and impactful storytelling.”