As a rule, newspapers hate writing about themselves.
Not this time.
During last week’s 85th annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention in St. Louis, Mo., two Oracle staff members placed highly in competition that pitted their work against that of collegiate journalists across the country.
Associate Editor Ryan Blackburn placed second in the category of 2006 Reporter of the Year at a four-year institution. Blackburn was the Oracle’s reporter of record during the past year’s deluge of Sami Al-Arian coverage, during which he served as news editor.
Photo Editor Josh Corban placed first in the category of 2006 News Picture of the Year for a photo he took following last year’s 45-14 defeat of the University of Louisville at the hands of the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium.
The photo, which ran with the headline “Unnecessary roughness?” showed four security officers, two in bulletproof vests, subduing a student. The most prominent Tampa Sports Authority officer in the shot has the student in a headlock as he glares tellingly at the camera. The photo provided clear evidence that excessive force was being exercised against students.
Coverage of the melee led to a guest editorial by USF President Judy Genshaft and the enactment of new postgame celebrations. Blackburn wrote the article that accompanied the picture.
At the half, a 14-point lead meant USF was on track to win its first conference game in over a calendar year. That energy was kept up even with under five minutes to go when the Bulls were up 33-20. Then USF watched as its lead went from comfortable, to slim, to nonexistent in the […]
Under normal circumstances, Grant Nolder, president of the USF flag football team would be preparing for the club’s biggest competition of the year, the Swamp Bowl. The annual tournament, hosted at UF, typically takes place during the fall semester and features some of the best club flag football teams in the country. Winners of the […]
Coach Brian Gregory said Tuesday the Bulls didn’t play complete, 40-minute games in their two losses last week. It’s debatable if they did Wednesday night against East Carolina (11-18, 5-11) at the Yuengling Center, but it was more than enough to put up a 73-68 overtime win. “It’s funny. There were stretches where we played […]
Student Government (SG) launched the first-of-its-kind, merit-based scholarship to students Nov. 5 on USF’s Tampa campus. As a part of Student Body President Britney Deas and Student Body Vice President Travis McCloskey’s platform, Bull S.H.I.F.T., — Success, Health, Innovation, Finance and Tradition — the SG’s Student Leadership Scholarship consists of two merit-based scholarships which will […]
A plan drafted on a bar napkin two years ago has now become the USF Jabil Innovation Institute, a multi-million dollar institute combining the College of Engineering and the Muma College of Business. Senior Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the USF Foundation Joel Momberg and Jabil CEO Mark Mondello jotted the idea down […]