Managing editor looks to another great academic year

2022-2023 Managing Editor Emma Koehler has recently become a mother to a corgi.


2022-2023 Managing Editor Emma Koehler has recently become a mother to a corgi.

Emma Koehler, Managing Editor

Hey Panthers! For those who are returning – welcome back to campus! For the new incoming class – welcome to the start of your journey at UNI! My name is Emma Koehler, and I am the managing editor of the Northern Iowan for this upcoming school year. I am a digital media journalism major (so surprising right), and this upcoming year will be my final year at UNI. 

I am from Tama, Iowa and I transferred to UNI the spring of 2021, so I feel for other transfer students – sometimes the transfer adjustment is awkward! Previously, I attended Ellsworth Community College and graduated with a degree in precision agriculture. I have a huge passion for agriculture and journalism.

I knew right away after transferring to UNI that I wanted to be involved with the school newspaper, I mean, it is my major after all! But besides that, I truly enjoy writing on just about any news subject and playing that storyteller role in news writing. Starting out at the newspaper during COVID was very awkward and uncomfortable. Most of my time writing was spent off-campus and for sure not actually attending any events that I was writing about. But coming back in the fall of 2021, I found comfort in being in the Northern Iowan offices in the basement of Maucker. 

Transitioning into the managing editor position last spring brought me a sense of family among the newspaper with the great people I get to work with and the amazing advisors that are there anytime we need them. So this is the advice I have for you, no matter if you are an incoming freshman or transfer, or returning to campus: find the people, place or major that calls to you like a long-lost family member. That comfort will support you in the hardest times and keep you going through your time here at UNI. The Northern Iowan is that for me. 

As for this student guide, I am so excited to offer this to UNI! I am proud of all of the hard work that has gone into it and I hope it can be a great resource for all those who read it as a great way to welcome everyone to campus once again! Be sure to take advantage of our merch giveaway, I would love to see you repping some Northern Iowan around campus! 

If you think the Northern Iowan might be something you want to get involved with, please reach out to myself or our Executive Editor, Nixson Benitez. We would love to have you join our team! 

Again, welcome Panthers! Have a great year! The Northern Iowan is so grateful to serve you as your campus, and beyond, news source!