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Emily Busse will be the next editor-in-chief

BY JORDYN REILAND | MARCH 06, 2012 6:30 AM

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Emily Busse never imagined leading The Daily Iowan when she started working as a freshman, but the UI junior will be given a chance to do just that next year.

"I never thought I would've applied [as a freshman]," she said. "I would've probably laughed in my own face."

Busse will begin serving as The Daily Iowan's 2012-2013 editor-in-chief in June.

Current Editor-in-Chief Adam B Sullivan said he knows she will do great work.

"She caught on really quickly when she started as managing editor last summer, and I have no doubt that she'll jump into her new position really from day one," Sullivan said. "Emily is extremely hard-working and organized, so I'm really excited to see what she'll do as editor."

Susan Elgin, the head of Student Publications Inc., which governs the DIsaid Busse has a good idea about the direction the DI needs to take to keep up with the news industry.

"She's a very bright, thoughtful, motivated person who is clearly passionate about the DI," Elgin said. "She has a good grasp on where the paper needs to go to be viable in the future."

DI Publisher Bill Casey said that although Busse was the only candidate, she was the right choice.

"She was the perfect choice, and she was the person [the other staffers] all thought could do it, too," he said.

Since starting at the paper as a DI scholar, Busse has worked as a metro reporter, Metro editor, managing editor, and a producer and anchor for Daily Iowan TV.

"I realized quickly that the DI was something really special on campus, and I really became dedicated to its success," Busse said.

She said she wants to see every staff member produce more content and put a greater emphasis on beat reporting.

"I think it's important for a TV reporter to write stuff in print and have more people producing content," she said.

Busse said her experience before the DI gave her a taste of what professional journalism would be like.

She started her journalism career in high school with The Prospector — Prospect High School's school newspaper — where she both wrote and edited.

As a writer, Opinions editor, News editor, and editor-in-chief, she said, she learned early what it meant to have a big audience — even in high school. Busse wrote two longer-form pieces for her high school paper that were eventually published in the Daily Herald.

"It just kind of fed my interest, and I realized that even in high school, you can reach a huge audience," she said.

Busse said she looks forward to taking on her larger role.

"I am excited to be a big part of the DI because the DI is a such a big part of the community," she said.


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