Neon Tommy

TaglineA student-run news site with a national reputation
Year Founded2009
Type or CoverageGeneral
CityLos Angeles
Business TypeNon-profit
Revenue SourcesOther
Institutional SupportUniversity
Staff Size (Business)1
Staff Size (Editorial)11-20
Active VolunteersMore than 50
AffiliationsContent sharing with Google News Yahoo! News Huffington Post L.A. Observed Fishbowl LA Romenesko Rough & Tumble. Revenue Sources other: University support.
Mappin LocationLos Angeles - California
Principal StaffCallie Schweitzer
Principal StaffParesh Dave
DescriptionWhen swine flu heated up international headlines in 2009 University of Southern California’s fledgling news site Neon Tommy discovered some cold truths about the official reaction to the disease. Neon Tommy staff obtained forty-four death certificates from Los Angeles county health officials interviewed family members and doctors and discovered authorities weren’t notifying relatives that the deceased had died from a contagious pandemic. Half the death certificates didn’t show swine flu as a cause of death. The package won national awards and catapulted the school project onto the pages of the Huffington Post and Gawker.
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