Behind the Desk

We want you to know exactly where your news is coming from, so behind the desk will be an inside look at what goes in the DT newsroom. Each week a different editor will give you the inside scoop on something they want our readers to know.

There’s no I in DT

Last night, to avoid writing the final paper of my undergraduate career, I started calculating how much time I had spent in the Daily Trojan newsroom during my time at USC. We begin production at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and routinely stay until almost midnight. On Sunday, we start at noon (brunch provided) and […]

Flashback Friday: When Emma met the DT…

When I’ve asked most other journalism majors or aspiring reporters what inspired them to enter the world of journalism, the answers I get are normally something along the lines of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the real-life sleuth superheroes fighting for good in All the President’s Men. But for me, it was Sally Albright — […]

Time stops for no journalist: The situated knowledge of news

I don’t think I realized how much being an editor for the Daily Trojan would consume my life until I found myself sending messages about breaking news stories at 3 a.m. In high school and even during my first semester of college, journalism was, for me, kept in its own category of my life, one […]

The sports stories worth telling underscore a passion for people

Sports. The always-ridiculed section of the newspaper. Why do we even write about sports? It’s a bunch of men and women competing and aiming for glory with nothing but a singlet, a helmet or a racket to assist them. Of course, there are flaws in the sports industry. We consistently see issues of drug doping, […]

This isn’t your high school paper

  During my senior year in high school, I was one of the sports editors of the campus paper. There were four of us; we had an issue only about every two months, and we typically only had four to five pages to fill. Now nearly three months into my gig as a sports editor […]

The crazy life behind the lens

“News, your photos are up! Tease is also done!” Our job is seemingly rote. We come into the office at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. every Monday night through Thursday and at 12 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. We sit down at our workstation, open Google Chrome and an ugly array of tabs (Google Mail, Google […]