Welcome to the new Digital Bullpen

The Digital Bullpen is an online multimedia news service covering stories on campus and throughout the Tampa Bay region. It is a production of student journalists in the University of South Florida’s School of Mass Communications’ journalism and telecommunications classes. Stories are produced by student journalists in the Multimedia Journalism and Production sequence and are edited by students in the Editing 1 course.

The Digital Bullpen is a news service, and all our copy is available for reprint by print media without our express permission and by online media only with permission by emailing wgarcia@usf.edu. For print media, you may run a Bullpen story simply by crediting the student journalist author by name and crediting “Provided by the Digital Bullpen news service” at the bottom of the story or “Digital Bullpen writer” under the byline.

Corrections & Clarifications: Our aim is to be accurate, fair and
provide full context in our news stories. If you believe we have made an error of fact, we urge you to contact the reporter of the story to discuss it further.

Our policy is to correct an error of fact in the story where it occurs, changing the text of the story to make it accurate and noting the fact that a correction has been made (via a corrections/clarifications note at the bottom of the story).

You can reach Faculty Adviser Wayne Garcia at wgarcia@usf.edu if are you are unable to reach a story’s reporter.

If you have an issue with a story other than an error of fact, we urge you to leave a comment below the story.

Statement of Principles & Comments Policy: As journalists, we support the free and open marketplace of ideas, and one way we provide this is through allowing readers to comment on our news stories. We articulate the following principles for our comments section in The Digital Bullpen, which our users agree to adopt as a function of using our site:

  • We do not moderate, censor or otherwise edit commentary from our readers based solely on the ideas articulated. We believe that the cure for bad speech is more speech, not less speech.
  • Users of DigitalBullpen.com acknowledge that the site has no responsibility to moderate or otherwise screen, in advance or after the fact of publication, the vast number of comments such news sites typically generate. The DigitalBullpen.com does not assume responsibility, by its action or inaction, for any user content posted on this site.
  • Users of the site DigitalBullpen.com agree to abide by the following in posting comments:
    1. Your comments will be civil and respectful of other users of the comments section.
    2. Your comments will not contain profanity, obscenity, threats, abusive language or false and defamatory information.
    3. DigitalBullpen.com may remove or edit comments that violate any of our terms without notice.

If you believe user content has violated these principles, please contact Faculty Adviser Wayne Garcia at wgarcia@usf.edu.

Faculty Adviser: Wayne Garcia
Telephone: 813-974-6788