The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

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Senior column | Studying journalism at the University of Iowa was life-changing

Claire Green, DITV Reporter May 7, 2024

My college experience at the University of Iowa looks a little bit different than most students. I have been at the UI for seven years. While I did spend a year at Kirkwood in Iowa City, I don’t...

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Senior column | I should’ve started here sooner

Sahithi Shankaiaigari, Photojournalist May 7, 2024

I thought my time at The Daily Iowan would be short, starting and ending with a 10-day workshop with the intensive Daily Iowan Documentary Workshop. Little did I know seven months later, I would be sitting...

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Senior column | Homegrown journalist

Natalie Dunlap, Assistant Digital Editor May 7, 2024

Before I was officially a University of Iowa student, I was a Daily Iowan reporter. I made the choice to stay in Iowa City for four more years after graduating from high school a few miles away, based...

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Senior column | The wonderful irritation of hope

Evan Weidl, Opinions Columnist May 7, 2024

As the sun sets on my time at the University of Iowa and The Daily Iowan, I feel a steaming casserole of emotions all fighting to dominate my heart. Above all of them, standing proud and tall — is...

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Senior column | Creativity and the promise of a shrug

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor May 7, 2024

Before I started working at The Daily Iowan, I could barely get out of bed most days. This job gave me an exciting life that was never quiet. When I joined the team in January 2023, I was a newbie...

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Senior column | You get out what you put in

Ashley Weil, DITV News Director May 7, 2024

Something I try and tell all new staffers as they join Daily Iowan TV is that you get out of the DI, what you put into it. And while I have put a lot into this organization, I have gained even more...

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Senior column | A thank you note to the community

Grace Smith, Senior Photojournalist May 7, 2024

Following the matchup between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the South Carolina Gamecocks in the women’s basketball National Championship, head coach Lisa Bluder pulled me in for a hug and thanked me for...

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Senior column | Growing out of the quiet

Parker Jones, Managing Editor May 7, 2024

Before coming to college, I was too scared to make a phone call to my dentist, let alone interview a stranger in person. Now, I get to help lead one of the most impressive student publications in the...

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Senior column | A journey worth 1,000 words

Ayrton Breckenridge, Managing Visuals Editor May 7, 2024

Starting my freshman year during a pandemic is something I can easily say I never want to relive. As I was trying to figure out a lot of new things alone in college, I was filled with a lot of uncertainty....

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Senior column | I’ll be listening to ‘Country Roads’

Sabine Martin, Executive Editor May 7, 2024

I heard at a journalism conference this year that some executive editors leave their post feeling bitter and unsatisfied. Being the executive editor of The Daily Iowan this year didn’t leave me...

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Senior column | Journalism taught me to embrace not being in control

Kathleen Zeivel, News Reporter May 7, 2024

When I first came to college and people asked me why I wanted to be a writer, I’d tell them about how much I loved writing for my high school’s yearbook. I never realized how much writing would...

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Senior column | What makes The Daily Iowan special to me

Giovanni Livatino, DITV Tech Staff May 7, 2024

As someone late to the party joining The Daily Iowan during my senior year, DITV has been one of the most enjoyable things I have participated in on campus. The amount I have been able to take away...