Old Gold & Black

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Old Gold & Black
TypeWeekly campus newspaper
FormatTabloid
Owner(s)Student-run
PublisherTriangle Publishing
EditorLillian Johnson[1]
Managing editorsRen Schmitt, Amanda Wilcox
Founded1916
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersWinston-Salem, North Carolina
Circulation4,500
Website[2]

The Old Gold & Black is the student-run newspaper of Wake Forest University, named after the school's colors. The newspaper was founded in 1916 and is published every Thursday with the exception of school holidays and exam weeks. The Old Gold & Black's office is located on the fifth floor of the Benson University Center on Wake Forest's main campus.

The newspaper is Wake Forest University's only student newspaper, and serves as the printed history of the university. It comprises four main sections: news, opinion, sports and life. Each section is managed by an editor and assistant editors. In addition, the Old Gold & Black employs a photo and web editor. They are all under the leadership of an editor-in-chief and managing editors for print and online. These editors form the editorial board which meets weekly to discuss campus issues, compose an editorial and decide on the paper's content.

The staff's advisor, Phoebe Zerwick, assists the staff and offers advice and counsel on important editorial decisions. These editors form the editorial board which meets weekly to discuss campus issues, compose a left-hand editorial and decide on the paper's content.

The Old Gold & Black employs graphic designers, production assistants, photographers and staff writers. The majority of positions at the Old Gold & Black are paid, though a new writer must submit three articles for publication in order to receive pay and become a staff writer. The Old Gold & Black consistently employs a total staff of over 100 members, the majority of them writers.

The Old Gold & Black is an award-winning newspaper, having placed many times at Associated Collegiate Press conferences.

Recent awards[edit]

At the Fall 2013 ACP conference, the "Old Gold & Black" won a Pacemaker Award in the category of "Website Enrollment Level 1" and was a finalist for the Pacemaker Award for print.[2] The Old Gold & Black also won a Best in Show Award for "Website Enrollment Level 1" at the Fall 2013 ACP conference.

At the Fall 2012 ACP conference, the Old Gold & Black was awarded fourth place in the category of "Website Enrollment Level 1".

At the Spring 2011 ACP conference, the Old Gold & Black was awarded seventh place in the category of "small college website".

At the 2008 ACP conference, the Old Gold & Black was awarded third place in the "Best in Show: 4-year college weekly broadsheet" category. Also, the newspaper's web site, [3], was awarded 10th place in the category of newspaper website.[3]

At the 2007 ACP conference, the Old Gold & Black was awarded second place in the "Best in Show: 4-year college weekly broadsheet" category.[4]

In 2006, the Old Gold & Black took home third place in the "Newspaper of the Year: 4-year colleges-Weekly Broadsheet" category.[5]

At the 2005 ACP's, the Old Gold & Black received third place in the "Best in Show: 4-year colleges-weekly broadsheet" category.[6]

At the 2002 Associated Collegiate Press Conference, the newspaper received third place in the "Best in Show: Four-year college" category.[7]

The Old Gold & Black was one of 11 newspapers to receive the 2003-2004 ACP Online Pacemaker Award. It won the Pacemaker in 2001 as well.

Old Gold & Black reporters Sabrina Parker and Jordan Wagner received first place in the "Story of the Year: Diversity" category.

Former sports editor Lisa Hoppenjans and former managing editor Jae Haley have both received the Jim Murray Scholarship Award.

Former editorial cartoonist William Warren was the first-place winner of the 2006 John Locher Memorial Award.[8]

Marks on Wake Forest history[edit]

The Old Gold & Black is responsible for naming the Wake Forest mascot, the Demon Deacon.[9]

In 1923, the Wake Forest American football team defeated rival Duke University. In the following issue of the Old Gold & Black, sports editor Mayon Parker (1924 Wake Forest graduate) first referred to the team as "Demon Deacons," in recognition of what he called their "devilish" play and fighting spirit.[9]

Henry Belk, Wake Forest's news director, and Hank Garrity, the coach who led the team to their victory, liked the title and used it often, so the name stuck.

Special publications[edit]

The Old Gold & Black publishes a freshman tabloid the week before classes. The tabloid informs freshman about all aspects of the school from academics, to exploring the social scene, to athletics.

Beginning in 2007, the Old Gold & Black published an annual graduation tabloid profiling seniors who have excelled in their respective major. Each department nominates an outstanding senior to be featured in this issue. The "grad tab" is published in early May in order to be distributed during Commencement weekend events.

The Old Gold & Black publishes a basketball preview insert each year. Basketball is one of the most popular sports at Wake Forest and each year's insert includes player and coach profiles and interviews, along with a brief look at the other ACC teams.

Until 2012 the Old Gold & Black has published an April Fool's edition. Past April Fool's mastheads include Sweat Mold & Plaque, I Sold my Soul for Crack and OGBYN. The issue is produced by senior editors and includes spoof articles, columns and humorous staff photos.

In 2015 the Old Gold & Black dedicated its September 29 edition to honoring the life and career of Arnold Palmer, following his passing earlier in the week.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Al Hunt, former writer for the Wall Street Journal and current Washington managing editor for Bloomberg News, was an Old Gold & Black staff member.
  • W. J. Cash, author of The Mind of the South, served as editor of the Old Gold & Black while an undergraduate at Wake Forest.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old Gold & Black - About". Old Gold & Black - About. WFU Media Board.
  2. ^ http://studentpressblogs.org/acp/2013-pacemaker-winners/
  3. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  4. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Archived from the original on 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  5. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  6. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Archived from the original on 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  7. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  8. ^ [1] Archived March 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b "Evolution of the Deacon | Old Gold & Black". Oldgoldandblack.com. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  10. ^ "Old Gold & Black - Winston-Salem - Hoger onderwijs en universiteit, Krant". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  11. ^ "Old Gold & Black (wfu_ogb) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-09-15.