The Beacon Project, debriefed: A conversation with Ruby Yuan
Since June, six USC student reporters have been delving into USC’s culture and governance as the university seeks to regain the trust of its community after a series of scandals. Named the “Beacon Project,” this effort was led by veteran investigative reporters and supported by the USC Annenberg Schoool for Communication and Journalism. One of those student reporters is Annenberg Media Executive Editor Ruby Yuan. He and fellow reporter Ashley Zhang have been investigating the connections of Donna Heinel, the former senior athletic director who was allegely involved in the college admission bribery scheme, also known as “Varsity Blues,” and published two groundbreaking reports over the past two days. Producer Joshua Chang sat down with Yuan to chat about his stories.