A letter from the editor


To the readers of The Daily Iowan —

It seems like I don’t get to connect with you directly all too often. Since I’ve left my reporting days at the DI, I spend more time inside of the newsroom than out of it. But of course, I still love seeing the community, even if its through the words and photographs from our staffers.

In fact, it seems like there is never a dull moment at the University of Iowa or in Iowa City. It’s one of those things I’ve grown to love about living here. Here, I’ve gained perspective as to how busy the Iowa City and University of Iowa communities are, and here at the DI we want to capture all of those moments.

Take last year for example. We were there as the Iowa football team made its comeback against Pitt. (We were there, too, when they were handed an ugly loss in the TaxSlayer Bowl.) We saw Iowa Citians demonstrate on the Pentacrest, calling for a discussion about race. While you danced for 24-hours straight during a cold February night, we captured every hour to tell Dance Marathon’s story.

We did it because we are your newspaper.

The DI is independent from the UI. The students who work for the DI are the ones making all of the editorial decisions. We have great coaches, a governing board and a business staff who assist us, but students are creating the newspaper every day. Our staff ranges from between 100-140 people throughout the year.

We are available on five platforms. During the fall and spring semesters, we publish five days a week, as well as broadcasting a nightly newscast while maintaining our website and our apps fort he iPad and iPhone. We’re covering sports, politics, arts,

We’re right here. (And here is in the Adler Journalism Building.) But we’re even closer than that. If you ever have a question, comment, concern, or idea, you can call the newsroom or email me personally.  To stay up-to-date with the happenings in this eternally-busy city, you can find our content on our website, Twitter account (@TheDailyIowan), Youtube, Facebook, or Instagram.

And I’m asking you to find us. To email me or give me a call. We want to tell the stories in the community because its why we love journalism.

So as you are amid some great moments that will happen on the UI campus this year, just know we’ll be there with you, too.

— Stacey Murray is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Iowan. She is a native of Hopkinton, Iowa, and a journalism student in the class of 2016.

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