Julian Sorapuru ’22, arrived at USF without previous journalistic experience or a clear idea of what he wanted as a career. But after writing his first story for the Foghorn, a women’s soccer game recap, Sorapuru said he thought the Foghorn was the “coolest thing ever.”
After working as a general assignment reporter and news editor, Sorapuru became editor-in-chief as a second semester junior, becoming the first Black male to hold this position at the Foghorn.
Reflecting on the impact of that title and his aspirations within that role, Sorapuru said “I definitely wanted to increase the amount of ‘Blackness’ in the paper, essentially.”
He continued, “I heard from a lot of my Black peers on campus, they felt like no one was representing them, and also that, whenever there are ‘Black stories’ in the Foghorn, people [were] getting them wrong, they weren’t culturally sensitive, etc.”
Sorapuru was tasked with leading the Foghorn during the unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the newsroom transitioned to a fully remote workplace, as students, faculty, and staff dispersed across the country. The Foghorn continued to release weekly issues.
Sorapuru said “I felt like it was really important to put out the news during the pandemic because we weren’t on campus…When it came to stuff like, things that the administration was deciding to do, it was especially important because, a lot of people aren’t gonna check the email that administration sends out, or other things that haven’t had any votes or communication.”
Sorapuru now works as a development fellow for the Boston Globe. He cites his experience at the Foghorn as being “vital, and impactful” to where he is today.
In his reflections on 120 years of the Foghorn, he believes there is still more ground to cover.
“I hope it continues to diversify and be reflective of the student experience, meaning all identities, not just racial,” he said. “We’re trying to be as reflective as possible as every newspaper whose goal is to reflect the community’s values… I hope [The Foghorn] never goes away.”