Behavioral scientists -- and Iowa State has plenty of them -- haven't yet determined what makes us do it. "It" is the production of the Iowa State Daily, 115 years old this year. When something turns 115, there's a tendency to wonder how things used to be, particularly at a place where people are in the door one second and out it another and staffers last, at most, six years (like a certain recent editorial cartoonist). That's the purpose of this history project you're reading now.
From the most pure, heart-wrenching decisions about ethical journalism to the most mundane, maddening, deadline-smashing crises with technology, employees of the student-run Iowa State Daily have seen and done it all. Today, the paper involves a 24-hour news cycle, online and printed publications and a $1.5 million budget. To keep up, reporters work their beats from dawn to dusk (and beyond, in the case of a Veishea riot or two).
Why'd we all do it? I tend to think it's in part because of a deep-seated love for Iowa State University. Certainly the higher calling of journalism has something to do with it. We all want jobs when we leave. And putting out a paper is the most fun you can legally have with ... oops, sorry, that newsroom-speak probably isn't appropriate for this forum. From Beardshear to Geoffroy, from Old Main to Hoover Hall, from Jack Trice to Bret Meyer, this is the history of the Iowa State Daily.
2004-05 Iowa State Daily editor in chief