Neon Tommy

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Neon Tommy
Type Online news website
Owner(s) Annenberg Digital News
Publisher University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Editor Brianna Sacks
Founded Spring 2009
Language English
Headquarters University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Circulation Undisclosed
Official website http://www.neontommy.com/

Neon Tommy is the online news publication sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, USA.

Publication[edit]

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 also covering national and international stories.

The website offers students at the schools a platform through which to learn journalism.[1]

The website is regularly linked to by the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, LAist, The Huffington Post, Romenesko, Gawker, Yahoo!, CNN,[2] SB Nation and more.

History[edit]

The website launched in spring 2009 and received a redesign during summer 2010. The website receives 5 million visitors annually, from more than 120 countries.

Acclaim[edit]

  • Won an L.A. Press Club award in 2010 for its reporting of the local swine flu crisis.[3]
  • Won two L.A. Press Club awards in 2011 and received two honorable mentions as well.[4]
  • Won 10 L.A. Press Club awards in 2012, including for best sports photo and best online feature.[5]
  • Was recognized by the Online News Association for its coverage of a shooting on campus in April 2012 that left two graduate students dead.[6] The National Entertainment Journalism Awards included several Neon Tommy articles among its finalists, including for best online critic.[7]

Purpose[edit]

Unlike the Daily Trojan, USC's student newspaper, Neon Tommy does not report on events on campus.

It is operated, edited and managed by graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines.[8]

Organization[edit]

A team of editors coordinates a staff of volunteers, who range from regular reporters to occasional contributors. Editors for Summer 2014

  • Will Federman, Editor-in-Chief
  • Sara Newman, Deputy Editor
  • Kacey Deamer, Operations Director
  • Alex Gold, Social Media Director
  • Kathy Zerbib, Senior Entertainment Editor
  • Jillian Morabito, Senior Entertainment Editor
  • Gabi Duncan, Style Editor
  • Janelle Cabuco, Senior Arts Editor
  • Matthew Tufts, Senior Sports Editor
  • Jacob Freedman, Sports Editor-at-Large
  • Max Meyer, Sports Editor-at-Large
  • Francesca Bessey, Senior Opinion Editor

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