Journalism & Media Studies

Journalism & Media Studies
140 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: 727-873-4850
Fax: 727-873-4034

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Neighborhood News Bureau

Ribbon cutting by university and city officials at Grand Opening of Neighborhood News Bureau, Sept. 30, 2006

Our Neighborhood News Bureau opened its doors in March 2006 and is located in its own office at 2335 22nd Avenue South in Midtown St. Petersburg. A working newsroom that originated in 2001, staffed by our undergraduate and graduate students, it serves the campus and community in three ways.


  1. It provides training for journalism students at USFSP and other schools.
  2. It functions as a community connection for collecting and disseminating information and news.
  3. It produces stories, features and announcements for use by local and regional news media and community organizations, most recently the Weekly Challenger and the "Neighborhood Times" section of the St. Petersburg Times.


Journalism Training

Graduate and undergraduate students at USF St. Petersburg enroll in a for-credit class that helps staff the bureau and cover news. Other USFSP students participate through assignments and projects as components of various editing, design, photojournalism and reporting classes.

Students from local public and private schools, such as Academy Prep, Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins and St. Petersburg College, will be invited to collaborate with USF students on journalism assignments and activities. The NNB plans to conduct workshops for students and community journalists directed by USFSP faculty and volunteer instructors from professional news organizations.

Community Connection

The NNB invites news items, announcements of events and story tips from residents. Visit the Neighborhood News Bureau Web site at The direct phone line at the Bureau is (727) 327-2129 and the Fax is (727) 327-2098.

News and Information Service

The NNB produces and provides to news and community organizations features, personality profiles, business stories, community calendars and neighborhood announcements.


The Neighborhood News Bureau is located at the James B. Sanderlin Community Center, 2335 22nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg.

It is across the street from Sanderlin Elementary school on 22nd Ave. South at about 23rd Street.

From I-275 Northbound:

Take the 26th Avenue South exit. At the bottom of the exit, take a right on to 26th Ave. South. At the light (intersection of 26th Ave. South and 31st Street South) take a left. Go to the light at 22nd Avenue South. Take a right on to 22nd Avenue South and stay on that till you see the Sanderlin Center on your left.

From I-275 Southbound (from Tampa):

Take the 22nd Avenue South exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, take a left on to 22nd Avenue South. Go through the light at the intersection of 31st Street South, staying on 22nd Avenue South all the way to the Sanderlin Center on your left.

From campus:

Take 3rd or 4th Street South all the way to 22nd Avenue South. Take a right on to 22nd Avenue South and follow it all the way (through lights at MLK Street South, 16th Street South and 22nd Street South to Sanderlin, which will be on your right.


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