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Executive Editor bids farewell

Executive Editor Caroline Christensen has written for the Northern Iowan since her freshmen year of college, and served as News Editor her sophomore year.

When I first stepped foot onto UNI’s campus in 2020, I had absolutely no intention of pursuing journalism. I had written for my high school newspaper, and decided upon graduation to end my journalism career. But despite my best efforts, I could not stay away from the newsroom for long. I joined the Northern Iowan my freshman year as a staff writer thanks to some much needed encouragement from then executive editor, Emma’le Maas.

In the midst of the pandemic, I wrote my first story about Maucker Union food court closing for the semester to mitigate COVID-19 cases. As a somewhat painfully shy freshman, I was terrified to write this story. But here I was, reaching out to campus administrators asking for interviews. I remember so clearly when that article was published on the front page of the paper in January 2021, feeling a sense of pride, accomplishment and empowerment. What then felt like an impossible task, now seems like second nature.

It has been an honor and privilege to inform this campus – from covering DEI protests, local elections, reproductive rights discourse on campus, textbook equity and even Sister Cindy, I am proud to have contributed to this community. While I have written 132 articles and thousands of words for this newspaper, I cannot seem to find the right ones to express just how the Northern Iowan has made on my college experience, personal growth and future career. While it may have not been the path I expected,  joining the Northern Iowan undoubtedly changed my life for the better. 

The art of journalism is not a solo endeavor, but a true team effort. The Northern Iowan editorial team has spent countless hours in our office in the basement of Maucker Union putting together our 12-page issues week after week, and their hardwork and dedication behind the scenes does not go unnoticed.

Managing Editor Sophie Hoffmeier has been my partner in crime this year, enthusiastically providing her support for new and creative ideas, while completely revamping our website and updating our digital platforms. 

News Editor Mallory Schmitz is the heart of the Northern Iowan. Every week she manages to blow me away with her front page designs and unwavering commitment to campus coverage. Her grace under pressure and contagious love for UNI is astounding.

Sports Editor Caden Shea has done a fantastic job managing three sports pages this year – a challenge not experienced by previous sports editors. He brings so much joy and enthusiasm to the newsroom, as well as an affinity for curating great playlists.

Current Campus Life Editor and future Executive Editor Bailey Klinkhammer has proven herself not only as a wonderful writer, but a remarkable leader. Watching her grow from a freshman opinion columnist to executive editor has been a privilege to watch, and I know she will continue to do amazing things in the 2024-25 school year. 

Copy Editor Antonia Goodwin has been a fantastic addition to the Northern Iowan this year, and while her name may not be in the by-line of articles, her attention to detail in ensuring accuracy and grammatical correctness is crucial to the success of the Northern Iowan.

Head Photographer Steph Stark was the first person to hold this position, and he has done a phenomenal job covering everything from football games, DEI protests and NISG elections. The self proclaimed “photo man,” he is an instrumental part of our team.   

Spanish Editor Karina Ortiz has provided the foundation for the NI en Español column this year, and it has thrived under her leadership and steadfast commitment to the column every week.

Our advisors, Christopher Martin and Anelia Dimitrova, have been crucial resources in the newsroom, and I am extremely grateful for their mentorship.

Finally I would like to thank you, fellow Panthers. Without your support, the Northern Iowan would not have been able to do what we do. It is thanks to you that local journalism continues to thrive on this campus. Thank you for a wonderful four years!

As always, Go Cats!


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