Wallis Annenberg Hall is a $150 million building at the University of Southern California, dedicated to “media education, communication and production.” Dean Ernest Wilson has stated that the new building for the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is intended to facilitate collaboration between students and faculty, as part of a larger initiative to reform and modernize within the school.

The University of Southern California is a private research university founded in 1880 with its main campus in Los Angeles, California. As California’s oldest private research university, USC has historically educated a large number of the region’s business leaders and professionals. In recent decades, the university has also leveraged its location in Los Angeles to establish relationships with research and cultural institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. An engine for economic activity, USC contributes approximately $5 billion annually to the economy of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.