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|Type||Online news website|
|Owner||Annenberg Digital News|
|Publisher||University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism|
Neon Tommy is a web-only student publication. The website is considered a Los Angeles-based news source, focusing on Los Angeles and California, but covering national and international stories as well.
The website strives to make its work fresh and unique, telling stories that other outlets are not. The website is a product of calls in recent years that print journalism is dying. The website aims to offers students at the schools a platform through which to learn the future of journalism, which is expected to be focused online.
The website launched in Spring 2009. The website received a redesign during Summer 2010. On annual basis, the website receives 5 million visitors, who come from more than 120 countries.
Neon Tommy won an L.A. Press Club award in 2010 for its reporting of the local swine flu crisis.
Neon Tommy won two L.A. Press Club awards in 2011 and received two honorable mentions as well.
Neon Tommy won 10 L.A. Press Club awards in 2012, including for best sports photo and best online feature.
Neon Tommy was a finalist for several other awards in 2012. It was recognized by the Online News Association for its multimedia coverage of a shooting on campus in April 2012 that left two graduate students dead. The National Entertainment Journalism Awards included several Neon Tommy articles among its finalists, including for best online critic.
Unlike the Daily Trojan, USC's student newspaper, Neon Tommy doesn't report on events on campus.
Operated, edited and managed by graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines, the website serves not only as a lab and incubator for ongoing and transformative innovation in the fast-changing world of journalism but also as a vibrant and rich source of the very best in local, regional, national and international reporting and commentary.
A team of editors coordinates a staff of volunteers, who range from regular reporters to occasional contributors.
Editors for 2012
- Paresh Dave, Executive Director
- Catherine Green, Editor-in-Chief
- Agnus-Dei Farrant, Editor-in-Chief
- Paige Brettingen, Managing Editor
- Amanda Martinez, Supervising Executive Producer
- James Santelli, Sports Director
- Aaron Fischman, Senior Sports Editor
- Will Robinson, Associate Sports Editor
- Candice Aman, Senior Arts Editor
- Elizabeth Johnson, Senior Entertainment Editor
- Lily Min, Music Editor
- Allison Selick, Style Editor
- Jenny Chao, Associate Entertainment Editor
- Cara Palmer, Opinion Editor
- Eric Parra, Tech Editor