Feb. 27-March 1, 2015

Mark your calendars; DOPalooza is happening Feb. 27-March 1. Join us for The DO’s annual alumni weekend, when The DO’s current staff gets to meet and learn from the its extensive network of alumni through a series of panels and get-togethers. This year’s theme will be The Daily Orange: Past, present and future. The weekend will also include a viewing party at a local bar for the Syracuse vs. Duke away game. Don’t miss the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, visit campus and inspire the current DO staff.

If interested in attending and/or participating in a panel discussion, email


Editor’s note: This is a tentative schedule. Be sure to RSVP to keep up to date with possible changes.



7 p.m., 744 Ostrom Ave.

Kick off the weekend with a meet-and-greet Friday night. Catch up with former colleagues and meet the current staff.


Alumni workshops and panels will be in the morning (both breakfast and lunch will be catered), Newhouse

Panels will include:


During The DO’s 111 year tenure, the paper’s reporters has covered the biggest issues that have affected Syracuse University and the city of Syracuse. From the Civil Rights Movement, Pan Am 103, HillTV, Bernie Fine, the reign of Nancy Cantor and more, DO reporters have written stories that have helped build the paper’s strong legacy. What did reporters learn from these stories? What was their reporting process? What struggles did they face? Looking back now, what can we learn from big stories of the past?


Many of our alumni have ended up reporting in different fields than they did at The DO. What is the journey from sports writer to business reporter? How does a news writer break into food reviews? How does a former Pulp writer start politics? In this panel, we’ll cover the basics of breaking into a new field, building knowledge and sources, and working your way up to being an expert in it.


During the fall semester, The DO covered a number of protests and controversies between SU’s students and administration. What can our alumni teach us about adequately covering polarizing topics? What’s the best way to develop sources? How do you make your stories different from the competition? How do you produce the best content on a tight deadline?


With media becoming increasingly digital, the legal logistics of producing news aren’t as clear cut as they used to be. Is it OK to embed a Youtube video that’s not yours into a story? Can you quote a Tweet as a source? Is it copyright infringement to use a screenshot of a game as art? These and other tricky online questions will be answered by a panel of legal experts.


This panel will discuss how photographers, designers and web developers can work together to make a compelling print and digital products. How can graphics best be translated from paper to an interactive website? What makes a good photo essay and what’s the best way to present them, in print and digital? How can print design best be translated to online? We will also discuss how to collaborate and communicate with editors on visual storytelling.


More and more newsrooms are prioritizing digital over print. With that in mind, what kinds of skills should The Daily Orange be focusing on teaching? What are the differences between producing for print and online-only? What specific skills are needed to thrive in a digital first newsroom?  Does a reporters writer or reporting style have to change? How does social media play into digital news, and how can The DO better use it?


Daily Orange sports writers have ended up in all different media — in newspapers, online, in magazines and on TV. How does covering sports differ between these different media? How does a writer work their way through the sports writing industry? What kinds of work should DO writers be doing now to be competitive writers after graduation? Sports alumni will discuss how to “make it” in today’s sports writing industry.


What’s the next step after The Daily Orange? Recent graduates will discuss how they got to where they are today, how to start the job hunt and what life is like after college.

Syracuse-Duke basketball game

Time and location TBD

SUNDAY, March 1

Brunch, 11 a.m.

Rachel’s Restaurant (at the Sheraton on campus) At this casual brunch we will say our goodbyes, reflect on what we learned and celebrate The Daily Orange.