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Iowa State Daily Travels

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Project ended on January 31, at 09:00 PM CST
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Iowa State Daily Travels

The Iowa State Daily, an award-winning media group serving the Iowa State community since 1890, offers a learning experience that sometimes takes our students far beyond Ames, Iowa. 


As a student-run non-profit, our revenues primarily go toward funding our news platforms and investing in the equipment needed to provide a quality journalism experience. 


What will your donation go toward

As we evolve our content and make intentional investments in our digital platforms, we have a greater need to train a higher volume of students in emerging technology and specialty skills. These include professional training in areas like Facebook Live broadcasting, podcast development and monetization strategies, drone use, digital storytelling, and user experience-focused design. 


We are asking for your help in funding travel scholarships for Iowa State Daily students to participate in these educational training experiences outside of Ames. 



Nik Heftman and Emily Barske at the Society of Professional Journalists National Conference in Los Angeles, California.


Backing a National Leader


In 2016, the Society of Professional Journalists named us Best Student Newspaper in the country. Here are some of the awards we've won this year that we would like to receive a scholarship to accept in person.


Fall 2017 awards:

  • Pacemaker Finalist Award in the Associated Collegiate Press’ (ACP) Pacemaker competitions, naming the Iowa State Daily as one of the top 30 college news organizations in the nation.

  • Columbia Scholastic Press Association Finalist in Gold Crown competition, which is the organization’s award for the best news organizations in the country.

  • Isaiah Johnson — ACP Pacemaker’s Best Illustration Award

  • Alex Connor - ACP Reporter of the Year Finalist

  • Max Goldberg — ACP Pacemaker Finalist Award in Sports Photography

  • Emily Blobaum — ACP Pacemaker Finalist Award in Multimedia Feature

  • Emily Blobaum — ACP Pacemaker Finalist Award in Photo Slideshow

  • Emily Barske — Society of Professional Journalists Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award

  • Poynter College Media Project grant recipient 2017

  • Des Moines Community Foundation grant recipient 2017


Iowa State Daily staff conducts an interview in our new office with Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen.


About the Iowa State Daily:

Employing more than 270 students during the course of a year, the Iowa State Daily Media Group  is an independent, student-run, non-profit organization. The Daily is operated by students for the students, faculty, staff and alumni that make up the Iowa State community.


Our Mission:

The Iowa State Daily Media Group is a student-run news organization that empowers students to inform, educate and engage their community by producing innovative media and building positive relationships while protecting the integrity of our profession and meeting the challenges of an ever-changing industry.


Photo taken via drone by the ISD photo staff over campus at sunset.

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Reporters are the foundation of our newspaper. We wouldn't be able to produce nearly the amount of content on a daily basis without them. Strong in numbers and with your powers combined, you make a huge impact.


Senior Reporter

Senior reporters have learned the ropes. They're training new reporters on their beats and are creating seasoned content on a daily basis. A donation on this level is powerful in supporting and combining with the work of larger donations.


Assistant Editor

You're working your way up! Your role is vital to the newsroom. You're the first person to see content, catch errors and give stories the green light to print. You support your editor and your reporters at the same time. A real key player right in the middle. A donation of this level pays for gas — a real help on our longer trips.



Clarity and accuracy is the name of your game. You're a specialist in your beat and you've earned a trusted relationship with your sources. A donation at this level combined with just one or two others will pay for hotel rooms and registrations.


Managing Editor

You operate the newsroom efficiently and compassionately. You see the whole picture and combine the creativity of a writer with the strategic mind of an operations manager. You truly are the go-to for anything your staff needs. A donation at this level pays for a hotel room, gas to and from a destination, a conference registration and in cases of national travel, part of a flight.


Editor in Chief

As the highest officer in the newsroom, your job is not only to steer the direction of the newspaper, its voice and its vision, but also to be the face of the organization in the community. A donation at this level allows us freedom to cover and attend events we otherwise could not, and takes our paper to a level of professionalism we are continuously striving for.



As the adviser of one of the best college newspapers in the nation, you're continuously pushing us to be our best. You've inspired a greatness and passion for journalism in students who are now professionals across the country, furthering and bettering our industry on a daily basis. A donation on this level is truly a game-changer for us.

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