The Media & News staff are the storytellers of our development. The students that comprise our Media & News team showcase who we are in articles, reviews, opinion pieces, debates, and event coverage. We flex our media-centric focus to gain access to events with press passes and first-hand experiences. We partner with developers and manufacturers to review hardware and software to give opinions. We talk about trends in the industry and showcase the values we have as students at OU in the diverse gaming industries.

This program has been functioning since April 2018 and has had a constant release of content ever since. It highlights the core journalistic practicum opportunities that are essential esports to bring a well-rounded entertainment package. This team is the constant standard for all of our media efforts and as workflows mature the shoutcasting and streaming teams will become heavily coordinated to bring our own media production house and outlet fully online.

OUR TEAM

Derek Snow

News Director / Editor in Chief

BIO: Derek is a programmer and aspiring educator with a passion for technology, gaming, and esports endless possibilities from research to entertainment. He believes that communication, community, and creativity are the key to any successful project and that the esports realm is a perfect example of a field that sharpens those skills. He stands by the thought that video games can be more than just highly entertaining fun -- they can be tools for art, education, science, and inspiring people everywhere. Derek's first console was the Gamecube, where he held a huge fondness for the Legend of Zelda games that grips him today. Fascinated by the way games that tell stories, he loves RPGs such as The Elder Scrolls series or Mass Effect. These days, you'll likely find him in strategy or survival games with friends or replaying The Last of Us again.

DEREK SNOW
News Director / Editor in Chief

Major in Computer Science
Class of 2023

JOB DESCRIPTION
The News & Media Director manages a team of news writers and media producers whose goal is to report on, and entertain our audience with, esports and gaming stories on the local, national, and worldwide scale. As Editor-in-Chief of Sooner Esports, their role is to maintain the reputation of the site as a news-telling organization by ensuring ethical writing and production among all of its staff.

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Team Leads

Stingray Schuller

Creative Lead

BIO: Stingray Schuller is a Senior Creative Media Production major and the Creative Team Lead for the OU Esports Club. His pathway in esports began his freshman year of high school when fellow classmates introduced him to Dota 2. Video games weren’t foreign to him before that with his first video game ever played being Wave Race 64 on the Nintendo64. He dedicates his freetime to the OU Esports Club helping create engaging video content such as: Sooner E-News, OU XP, and much more. Stingray graduates this Fall 2020 looking forward to breaking into the esports industry.

STINGRAY SCHULLER
Media Lead

Creative Media Production Major
Class of 2020

VACANT

News Lead

VACANT POSITION
News Lead

— Major
Class of —

JOB DESCRIPTION
Creative Leads focus on their respective side of Sooner Esports: News or Media. These leaders in development are responsible for their roles as production or writing assistants, in addition to helping lead their team. Leads help organize larger projects, delegate members to creative projects, and coordinate with the News & Media Director.

News Writers

Silas Bales

News Writer

BIO: Silas Bales is a freshman journalism major at the University of Oklahoma. Along with being a writer for OU Esports and the OU Daily, Silas enjoys playing games, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and Dr. Pepper. Silas’s favorite movie is La La Land, stemming from his love for musical theater. His passion for esports came from his love of the game, Super Smash Brothers, which he has been playing competitively for 2 years. While Silas’s current focus lies in writing, he is still a competitor on the OU Smash Brothers team. In Silas’s spare time, he enjoys being with others more than anything, especially when playing games of any kind. Currently Silas enjoys playing Pokemon, Smash Brothers, and Valorant.

SILAS BALES
News Writer

Journalism Major
Class of 2024

Matthew Hurt

News Writer

BIO: Matthew is a freshman at the University of Oklahoma who loves everything to do with technology, video games, media, and writing. He is majoring in Journalism at Gaylord College, and hopes to pursue a career in gaming-related journalism. Being heavily involved in the broadcast journalism team at his high school, Matthew came to the University of Oklahoma with several years of experience in the writing field. He has an older brother at the University of Georgia and a younger sister at home, with two dogs and a cat to keep her company. In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with friends, playing video games, watching movies and television, listening to music, and exercising. Along with a news position for the club, Matthew is also on the stream team where he streams video games every week. He is excited to be a part of the team and is looking forward to a great year!

MATTHEW HURT
News Writer

Journalism Major
Class of 2024

Michela Thompson

News Writer

BIO: Michela Thompson is attending the University of Oklahoma studying Public Relations after completing her Asscoiate's Degree in Business Management from Baptist Bible College. Michela first started playing video games when she received a pearl pink Game Boy Advance SP for Christmas at 7 years old and never stopped. She eventually graduated to the Nintendo DS, where she played every Mario, fashion, and animal title she could get her hands on. Michela is currently obsessed with the Sims 4, Breath of the Wild, and Luigi’s haunted mansion. When Michela’s not playing games, you can find her petting every dog in sight or on Twitter.

MICHELA THOMPSON
News Writer

Public Relations Major
Class of 2023

Media Producers

Jared Leger

Media Producer

BIO: Jared Leger is a meteorology major from Seabrook, Texas currently in his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma. He’s been playing video games for as long as he’s been able to hold a controller, sharing a Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Playstation 1 with his siblings and racing them in games such as Burnout and Mario Kart 64. He also grew up playing games on the Internet on his dad’s computer, which spawned his love for PC gaming that is still present today. Jared is a part of the OU Esports News and Media Team where he edits together game and stream highlights as well as other footage. In his free time, he plays PC games such as Team Fortress 2, Valorant, Rocket League, and various other indie games and simulators and may even be seen livestreaming while playing them. When not playing games, he can be found stargazing, hanging out with his friends, listening to music, or drawing.

JARED LEGER
Media Producer

Meteorology Major
Class of 2024

Cooper Marshall

Media Producer

BIO: Cooper Marshall is a Creative Media Production major and a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. He was first introduced to video games when his dad got a Wii for Christmas. He and his sibling quickly took it over and he has been a Nintendo fan ever since. However, he does enjoy playing PlayStation single player games and indies. He is currently part of the OU Esports News and Media Team as a media member working as a writer and video editor for Sooner Enews. His favourite games include Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. While not a very competitive guy, Cooper enjoys playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and sometimes Rocket League; however, the only games he trusts his skills in are Mario Kart 8 and Wii Sports Bowling. Besides video games, his other hobbies include biking, skateboarding, singing, and watching movies.

COOPER MARSHALL
Media Producer

Creative Media Production Major
Class of 2024

Logan Taylor

Media Producer

BIO: Logan is a freshman at the University of Oklahoma that is currently undecided, but 90% sure that he will go into Creative Media Production. His first experiences with video games were on the Xbox 360 when he was very young, and it’s been a big part of his life for as long as he can remember. He is now a media member of the OU Esports News and Media Team, working primarily as a video editor. Most often you can find him playing either Dead by Daylight or Rocket League, but outside of video games, he enjoys biking and spending time with friends. Above all else, you can count on Logan to have a song stuck in his head 24/7, which explains why he is almost always listening to music.

LOGAN TAYLOR
Media Producer

Undecided Major
Class of 2024

Brandon Faz Villarreal

Media Producer

BIO: Brandon “Images” Faz Villarreal just started his M.A in Communication after finishing a B.A in Communication Studies. He started playing video games from the Nintendo 64 with StarFox64 and ever since then he was hooked and never looked back. Video games shaped Brandon’s life and filled it with endless memories he will never forget and or repay from staying up all night playing Halo 3 custom games to settling all his problems with 1v1 quick scope matches on Rust in Modern Warfare 2 to leading raids in Destiny! Some of his favorite series to get lost in are Bioshock, Sly Cooper, and, Deadspace. Recently he’s been playing League of Legends but also shoutcasting for League of Legends all thanks to the OUEsports club giving him the opportunity to shoutcast which he only dreamed of happening. When he’s not drowning from grad school or jumping into the rift/casting from the rift you can find him binge watching anime until the sun comes up.

BRANDON VILLARREAL
Media Producer

Communication Major, M.A.