The Senses Issue of USC Dornsife Magazine took first place at the 65th annual Southern California Journalism Awards. (Composite: Letty Avila; Cover Art: Tatjana Junker.)

USC Dornsife Magazine wins top honor from Los Angeles Press Club

USC Dornsife Magazine wins top honor from Los Angeles Press Club The magazine’s The Senses Issue is voted best “In-house or Corporate Publication” by the prestigious organization of professional journalists.
USC Dornsife News Staff

USC Dornsife Magazinethe alumni magazine of USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences took the top award in the “In-house or Corporate Publication” category at the Los Angeles Press Club 65th Southern California Journalism Awards held on June 25.

From left: Jim Key, Susan Bell and Letty Avila of the USC Dornsife Office of Communication accepted the awards. (Photo: Natalia Molina.)

The award for the Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Senses Issue was presented to the alumni magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Bell and Art Director Letty Avila. The Spring/Summer 2022 Water Issue was also honored with the third-place award in the same category.

The awards were presented during a gala ceremony at the historic Biltmore Los Angeles hotel. Actor Sharon Stone and Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Al-Jabbar were in attendance along with leading members of the L.A. press corps, who packed the hotel’s ornate ballroom to hear the winners announced.

The awards honor outstanding work in print, online, television and radio journalism among local, national and international journalists working across all media formats.

USC Dornsife Magazine is the recipient of more than 40 awards for excellence since its redesign in 2011. Published twice a year in spring and fall, it is distributed to more than 70,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of USC Dornsife. The Fall 2023/Winter 2024 issue will not appear this fall as the magazine undergoes a redesign, relaunching in its new format in spring 2024.

“Who knew there was so much unknown — about our senses. Gorgeous illustrations and nicely written stories bring that home,” the judges wrote in their comment on The Senses Issue.

“This recognition from our peers is a tremendous honor for USC Dornsife’s alumni magazine and for all of our team at the USC Dornsife Office of Communication who create the magazine,” Bell said. “It is also particularly meaningful to see the existing magazine go out with such a terrific flourish before its reincarnation next Spring — following a redesign that we on the editorial team are very excited about.”