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USC students will get the chance to a hands-on experience being a film critic with Rotten Tomatoes. USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is partnering up with Fandango, which owns the popular film and TV editorial site.

Rotten Tomatoes Fellowship will give partial tuition support for USC students in the following several years, USC News reported. This scholarship is given especially to the students under the Master of Arts journalism program of USC Annenberg to develop the next generation of film and TV critics. The fellowship will let students from the USC Annenberg and USC's six other arts school to work with the editorial staff of Rotten Tomatoes.

School of Journalism director Willow Bay said USC's students are poised to enhance the arts and entertainment criticism. The school is thrilled that their students will have the chance to work with Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes, which is an avenue where they can create an impact to the industry.

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This is a win-win deal for both USC Annenberg and Fandago. Students will get the chance to gain professional experience with scholarship, while Fandago gets the fresh minds who are well versed with the new media platforms. Fandango will also gain access to some of the best experimental resources at a research university. Rotten Tomatoes vice president Jeff Voris said they are excited to work with USC Annenberg to help potential stars in the entertainment journalism industry, while enhancing film and TV criticism in a dynamic media landscape.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the first fellowship is given to Rosemarie Alejandrino from the University of California, Berkeley, News Wire reported. She is UC Berkeley's Daily Californian arts editor and Caliber Magazine marketing head. Arts journalism program director Sasha Anawalt said the fellowship is specifically for students like Alejandrino who wants to explore her potentials in journalism while studying.


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