The Newsroom


Happy Birthday, TDG

The first issue ever of The Gamecock came out on Jan. 30, 1908. Theodore Roosevelt was president, Oklahoma had just joined the union, and the Ford Model T was about to debut. The paper was just four pages, and was largely devoted to the happenings of the large fraternities on campus, although it also contained a fair amount of poetry.Since then, the paper has gone from monthly to weekly to daily, and back down to twice weekly — and lost the poetry, for better or worse. At the same time, the ...

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Measuring a semester

It’s two weeks into the semester, and two weeks into my time as editor-in-chief. But it feels like so much longer, perhaps because every day is filled with meetings, interviews, production — oh, and classes. Being editor of the paper causes internal conflict: am I a student first, or a boss? Last Tuesday, Student Media was invited to speak to an introductory journalism class. I had a class then, and I struggled to find someone on staff who could go. I seriously considered skipping the first ...

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Entering Rupp Arena for the first time

Walking into Rupp Arena is awe inducing. A sea of blue does not yet reside in its stands, fans are not yet bearing down on the court, yet a static energy fills the air.Emerging out of the tunnel, I catch my first glance of the interior of college basketball’s Taj Mahal. The sound system blares music to be played two hours from now. Its five video screens pulsate the “UK” logo, which is accompanied with streaks of blue light and bright visual affects. I briefly enter the media room, grab a ...

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Covering the DNC for TDG

It didn’t really sink in until I stepped off the train and was confronted by a giant sign in Philadelphia's 30th Street Station.“Welcome to the Democratic National Convention,” I read, as I began a week-long adventure this summer covering the event for The Daily Gamecock.I figured it was a long shot when I applied for credentials to the Republican and Democratic conventions back in May. But my last class at USC was ending in June and I didn’t technically graduate until August, so covering ...

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A long way from home

My first “not in Kansas anymore” moment came pretty shortly after we got off the plane. The JFK McDonald’s was close to our gate — this is good, I thought to myself, this is familiar — so we decided to stop in for a quick breakfast.“Do y’all have chicken biscuits?” I asked in that shy, slightly accented voice that goes really well with the whole "19 but looks 12" face. The blank stare I received in return led me to settle for a plain.I’m not proud of it, but as a journalist ...

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My experience covering the NFL Combine

As the clock ticked down in the NFC Championship game, putting the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, I was approached by the editor-in-chief of The Daily Gamecock, Kamila Melko. In a very excited tone, Kamila told me that I should try to get us press passes to cover and photograph the game, which was in Santa Clara two weeks ahead. I did some research, sent some emails, and figured out where and how to apply for the game. Long story short, we were not granted credentials for the ...

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The Revival

It's been awhile since this blog has been updated. It's been a bumpy road since the last time something was posted. People have left, people have been fired, people have had to rebuild. And like any group of determined people, we've come out with scratches and bruises. But we're healing and still holding our heads high. I'm Kamila, the new Editor-In-Chief for Spring 2016. I came from the photo section. I've been here for six semesters. I've seen editors come and go. I've seen the newsroom change ...

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Keeping it objective: why we endorse candidates

Does endorsing candidates make us biased?In the midst of extremely close student government elections for President and Vice President, we have been both praised and criticized for our coverage at The Daily Gamecock. The most frequent question in the comments sections and on social media: why do we endorse candidates if we are a news source, and doesn’t that make us biased for one candidate or another?Our editor-in-chief Hannah Jeffrey has already tackled this subject, but we wanted to give our ...

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On a hard news day: compartmentalizing grief

From the desk of the Opinion Editor:Few people outside of media know what happens on a day like last Thursday.To be honest, it's kind of a blur for me as well. I remember showing up at the newsroom sometime around 2:30 p.m. Students were still barricaded in classrooms by that point, and Twitter was full of rumors about shots at the Horseshoe and an active shooter around campus.We had a skeletal staff around that time, with only a few copy editors updating a "breaking" news story online as the facts ...

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"Too busy" leaves no room for mental care

There comes a point when a person assumes they don't have enough time in the day, week or month to accomplish all they want.I quite frequently lament over "not having enough time" to get in all of my studying, writing, resume rewriting and job hunting. I roll my eyes when people say that "I'm too busy" is the easiest excuse out there.I've recently learned that "I'm too busy" really is the easiest excuse out there.It's easy to say you don't have time to do your homework for that one class you hate ...

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