Director's note: I've asked the OU Daily sports editor, Spenser Davis, to talk about the traveling he's done for OU Student Media and his preparations for the Sugar Bowl. — nj
One of my favorite things to do is travel. I enjoy long road trips and tolerate plane rides all in the name of seeing something beyond my tiny corner of this country. One of the ways I’ve accomplished this at college is through working with The Oklahoma Daily.
In two years covering the football team and one year covering the men’s basketball team, I’ve traveled to Texas (seven times), Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, Iowa, California, Kansas and West Virginia. That includes a College Football Playoff game, OU’s late comeback win in Knoxville, the Sooners’ “snow globe game” against West Virginia, the game of the year in college basketball in 2016 and every NCAA Tournament round from last season. And in a few short weeks, we’ll be headed to New Orleans for the 2017 Sugar Bowl.
Not only has it been a blast to cover the Sooners from these locations, but it’s been hugely important for my career. Having bylines from all over the country on the biggest stages in college sports will give me a big advantage over other applicants as I search for internships and jobs. It’s also helped our sports desk gain respect from our audience as well as the people who cover OU sports professionally.
Without the continued support from OU Student Media, these trips simply wouldn’t be possible. We wouldn’t be able to cover the Sooners from every direction, and we’d be at an immediate disadvantage in our coverage. I want future generations of Daily staffers to have these experiences — that’s why this campaign is so important. The next generation of student reporters should be able to have the same experiences and to learn in the same tough, competitive environments that we have been afforded.
Although it’s not a class, these experiences have been integral in my education at the University of Oklahoma. I hope you will consider the monumental impact you can have on young people’s careers by donating to this campaign.
— Spenser Davis