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The Oracle is the long-established student-run newspaper based on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. Since 1966, the award-winning paper has served as a training ground for journalists and others devoted to the idea of a free press.

Editorially independent of USF, The Oracle has earned a national reputation for excellence, receiving numerous national and regional awards for its journalism. 

The newspaper employs more than a dozen students as editors, reporters, opinion writers, graphic designers, marketing and ad representatives. Those positions, as well as the newspaper’s adviser, are paid for by students through Activity and Service Fees. Daily operations and a professional staff member are funded by advertising revenue. 

The Oracle became a digital-only publication in 2022 and provides its trusted reporting about issues important to USF for free on its website and social media accounts four days a week – Monday through Thursday. It also publishes regular special e-editions and two weekly newsletters.

How you can get involved 

The Oracle welcomes any and all USF students who wish to contribute to the newspaper. To learn how, email

Beginning in fall 2023, The Oracle launched an official internship program designed to develop the next generation of journalists and advertisement and marketing professionals. The newspaper welcomes college students into the newsroom for crucial hands-on experience across a wide variety of positions. One, two and three credit hours are available. 

For more information, please email or newspaper adviser Timothy Fanning at