Our Students

Vanessa Kiefer & Angela Yu
At left is Vanessa Kiefer, the Daily's 2022 summer Editor-in-Chief, who writes:

“I joined The Daily's news section during the first semester of my freshman year in 2020. Although our production was remote for my first year here, I fell in love with The Daily's supportive community and thoughtful content. I am so excited and grateful to have our summer publications printed and on the stands this summer, and I can't wait to work with our talented staff in-person. Hailing from Lake Orion, Michigan, I am a rising junior enrolled in the Ford School of Public Policy. While I aspire to attend law school after graduation, I hope to continue my work in journalism throughout my career. I love writing and editing, going for runs in Ann Arbor's Nichols Arboretum and playing the piano.”

Business Manager of The Michigan Daily for Summer of 2022, Angie Yu (at right) is a rising sophomore from Canton, MI studying Communication & Media at LSA. “I've been a part of the Business Department as an account executive for my first two semesters at Michigan, and I've had such a great time meeting everyone and learning the ins and outs of The Daily. I'm very excited to step into the role of Business Manager this summer, especially since it's our first year printing over the summer after COVID. I think I'm most looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about the editorial side of The Daily and work more closely with all of our writing staff. After graduation, I'd love to work in PR or marketing for the entertainment industry. Outside of classes, I love watching movies, painting, and kayaking on the Huron River in the summer.”


Hi! My name is Grace Beal (at left) -- I am the co-managing photo editor for 2022 and a sophomore at the University of Michigan. I intend to major in Public Policy and hope to attend law school. I am very interested in education policy, accomplishing social justice through policy and nonprofit work. I am currently a research assistant for the Detroit Public Schools Community District and am the founder and executive director of Layups for Lucy. Layups for Lucy is the annual fundraising event I host in memory of my late sister and to give back to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. We have donated over $180,000 and I have learned so much about myself and working with others through L4L.

I joined The Michigan Daily in the winter of 2021 and have since served as a staff photographer, sports writer, assistant photo editor, recruitment chair, and now managing photo editor. I have made some of my best friends, including my amazing counterpart Tess, and found a home at Michigan through the Daily and photostaff.

I am from New Castle, Pennsylvania, which is a very small town outside of Pittsburgh. Being from a small and close-knit town has shaped my desire to capture community and find a unique way to give to those who have given so much to me. I purchased a beginner camera as a sophomore in high school to photograph my fellow high school student-athletes and my love for capturing emotion and the human experience has flourished since then.

In addition to freelancing for the New Castle News, I photograph families, seniors, graduates, babies, athletes and community events for my business GP Photography. GP stands for my first and middle name, Grace Parker, and a loving nickname given to me by several hometown friends for my photography endeavors. I am an avid Canon fan and made the big step of upgrading from a Canon Rebel t6i to the Canon EOS r6 over the summer. I was persuaded to go mirrorless and am very happy I did.

Over the last few semesters, I have had a blast shooting sports, softball and basketball being my favorites, and news events, such as student reactions to Mark Schlissel being fired and just last week I got to photograph President Biden in Ohio. 

This summer I will be returning home to intern with a congressman or as a consulting intern in Pittsburgh. Although that is still up in the air, I am also scheduling an array of photo sessions and will be freelancing with the New Castle News again.

As a managing editor, I hope to give our staff the community and opportunities that I have found within the Daily. Our staff is so talented and push me everyday to be a better leader, photographer, and person.  To see Grace's photography, click here. 

Hi! I’m Tess Crowley, (at right) -- I am a sophomore at the University of Michigan, majoring in Communication and Media with a minor in Spanish, Language, Literature, and Culture. I am interested in pursuing photojournalism post-grad, and especially interested in working with scientists and professionals in the climate research field and photographing environmental issues. Next year, I'm excited to study abroad in Madrid, Spain, and after graduation I hope to travel and work in Spanish speaking countries as a photojournalist.  

I have been interested in photography since middle school, when I bought my first DSLR, albeit the lens wasn’t detachable. I have since upgraded, and now love to photograph with my beloved Sigma 24-70 2.8. 

Fall of freshmen year, I joined the Michigan Daily and was excited to work with so many talented photographers on campus and have since found a family at 420 Maynard. I was a staff photographer, assistant photo editor, and now serve as the current co-managing photo editor. I enjoy mentoring and creating opportunities for photostaff; I hope to leave a positive impact on all of our staffers. I specifically enjoy working on projects where photostaff collaborates with other sections. Along with the Daily, I interned for Traverse Magazine and have my business Tess Crowley Photo where I specialize in graduation, family, event, and wedding photos. 

Growing up in Traverse City, Michigan, surrounded by water and plenty of dunes, hiking trails, and forests, naturally I love the outdoors and started with landscape photography until I became the photo editor on my high school’s newspaper where I transitioned to photojournalism. I am passionate about the environment and want to continue weaving that passion into my photography. I enjoyed photographing a feature on the volunteers for the Huron River Watershed last spring. 

I also enjoy and have experience working with kids; I currently work as a program assistant with Community Action Network, a nonprofit that provides after school care in community housing around Ann Arbor. I am currently in the Socially Engaged Prison Photography class at the University where we put on photography workshops with kids at the Monroe Juvenile Detention Center. This summer I will be a multimedia intern at Stephanie Steinberg’s Coaching Detroit Forward’s Photography Camp. 

To see Tess' photography, click here!

Dyanna Bateman, Editor-in-Chief of Michiganensian Yearbook CXXVI, is a third-year student from Flintstone, GA studying Communication and Media and Women’s and Gender Studies within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. After extensive involvement, including the title of Editor-in-Chief, on her high school yearbook staff, Dyanna knew she wanted to continue working on publications throughout her college career and applied to the Ensian right after she received her acceptance letter from U-M.

As a freshman, Dyanna joined the staff as a designer and contributed to many pages on student life and sports as well as creating the graphic concept selected by the 2020 staff and refined by EIC CXXIV, Anirudh Hirve, for the rebranding of the organization. During her second year on staff, Dyanna continued on the design staff as Associate Design Editor for the 125th anniversary book and re-launch of Recollection magazine.

As EIC, Dyanna has centered the importance of facilitating communication between staff members and increasing awareness of the Ensian in the campus community. With these goals, she has worked with the other members of the executive board to foster a publishing environment that has continued the trend of inclusive coverage relevant to the student community, created more opportunities for staff member engagement and increased recognition of student workload—specifically in a hybrid working environment. She also plans to make more meaningful connections with the Ensian alumni community and expand the reach of digital projects such as social media and Recollection Magazine.

Outside of the Ensian, Dyanna is also involved as an Executive Board member for LGBTQ+ Michigan, Executive Board member for Bilateral+, Graphic Design Editor for The Michigan Gayly: LGBTQ+ Issues, Recruitment Coordinator for the Spectrum Center Programming Board, member of Triota National Women’s and Gender Studies Honor Society, and design assistant at UM’s Office of University Development. Her hard work has been recognized with a Chris Armstrong Scholarship. She enjoys collaborating with all the members of the Ensian and looks forward to publishing more student-centered work. Next year, Dyanna will hold the title of EIC for her second year while continuing her education at Michigan through Rackham’s Advanced Master’s Degree program in Transcultural Studies.


Lily Jin, Business Manager of the Michiganensian Yearbook for 2020-2022, is a senior from Troy, MI studying Economics within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with a Sweetland Center minor in Writing. She joined the yearbook on a whim at the recommendation of her peer mentor and has loved getting to know everyone on staff and being involved in the student publications world ever since.

As a freshmen, Lily joined as a designer on the business team and created digital and print advertisements for senior portraits, GradExtravaganza, and the Daily. During her second year on staff, she facilitated a rebrand of the Ensian’s marketing design to increase brand recognition through standardizing email, website, and social media aesthetics.

As Business Manager, Lily helped reconfigure cap and gown sales to a virtual format in response to the pandemic in order to accommodate students staying on campus and studying remotely. She is extremely grateful to the professional and student staff who helped package thousands of orders and attributes the sustained success of GradExtrav through this challenging period to their efforts. She also hopes to continue increasing campus awareness of the Ensian through targeted marketing to seniors and freshmen as well as supporting editorial staff by prioritizing fair pay and funding initiatives. Additionally, she is excited to safely transition business and edit activities back to in-person and promote staff bonding.

Outside the Ensian, Lily works as a Senior Office Assistant for the Science Learning Center and has also been involved in the Michigan All-Girl Competitive Cheer Team, co-founded Project WriteOn (a student org that emphasizes non-academic writing), and served as President of Society of Women in Economics. She enjoys crocheting, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her cat, Avila. After graduation, Lily will be moving to Washington D.C. to start as an Associate at Hamilton Place Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm.

Jasmin Lee, 2022 Editor in Chief of the Daily

Jasmin Lee, Editor-in-Chief of The Michigan Daily for 2022, is a junior at the University of Michigan studying American Culture and Creative Writing with minors in Asian Studies and African American Studies. In high school, Jasmin interned at the Michigan Chronicle in Detroit and found her passion for journalism. She first heard of The Michigan Daily during her time at the Detroit Free Press as a Summer Apprentice in 2019. While working for the Freep, she met multiple Daily staffers at events and talked to them about joining The Michigan Daily, and later was awarded the inaugural Lipinski Journalism Scholarship, funded by Holly and John Madigan, which is our only fund to support incoming freshmen.

Jasmin joined the news section as soon as she could her freshman year and wrote her first three stories in one week, eager to be on staff. As a news reporter, Jasmin wrote for the campus life and administration beats, covering topics from Board of Regents meetings to sexual assault allegations to multicultural student events. Some of Jasmin’s most notable stories were about Instagram likes, Bernie Sanders speaking on campus, Juneteenth, COVID-19 affecting the Black community in Washtenaw County and Angela Davis speaking on campus. She also co-authored a three-part mental health series in early 2020 that received the prestigious Stanford Lipsey Merit Award for Public Service Journalism.     

She also served as one of the 2020 Summer Managing News Editors during the height of the pandemic and oversaw coverage on public health, University updates and protests against police brutality across the state of Michigan. 

As a member of the Culture, Training and Inclusion section (formerly Access and Inclusion), Jasmin was part of planning the first journalistic sensitivity training. She worked on the CTI education team and helped plan onboarding training for new Daily staff members, and also wrote a few pieces for the Michigan in Color section in the summer of 2021.

As EIC, Jasmin hopes to increase The Daily outreach and accessibility with the campus community and promote a culture focused on mental health and wellbeing within The Daily. With growing changes in the journalism industry, Jasmin believes she can lead The Daily towards the future of change in journalism. 




Daily's 2022 Business Manager, Aaron Santilli
Aaron Santilli, Business Manager of The Michigan Daily for 2022, is a sophomore studying
Economics at Literature, Science, and the Arts. He joined The Michigan Daily
during his second semester of freshman year, initially seeking to gain
real-world business experience that was flexible with his schedule as a student.
During his first semester at The Daily, Aaron was a marketing specialist who worked on
several projects, including College Media Madness and Baby Ads. Over the summer, Aaron
worked as an Account Executive handling sales for the Orientation Edition and New Student
Edition. During the fall semester, Aaron was a Senior Account Executive again handling sales,
while also leading a team of four other students. Aaron has greatly enjoyed getting to know his
co-workers at The Daily, particularly seeing them in-person with the return to campus last
semester. He is excited to liaison more with Edit and increase collaboration between Business
and Edit teams.
As the Business Manager, Aaron hopes to guide The Daily through a period of transition
in light of a return to a semi-normal world. He specifically plans to analyze payroll and make
strides toward equity for all workers. He also hopes to analyze distribution locations and
circulation for the print papers to maximize The Daily’s efficiency and revenue. Additionally, he
plans to look into establishing a team dedicated to ensuring future issues and decisions have a
strategy to research and make recommendations to improve The Daily.
Aaron was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Outside of The Daily and school, Aaron
enjoys playing soccer, supporting all things Pittsburgh sports, and lifting weights. He looks
forward to what the new leadership team has to offer and all The Daily will accomplish in 2022.
Tara Moore, Business Manager for 2021

Tara Moore, Business Manager of The Michigan Daily, is a junior studying Information Analysis within the School of Information and minoring in Business Administration through the Ross School of Business. She joined The Michigan Daily after stumbling upon a Facebook post from 2020 BM, Anita Michaud, at the end of her freshman year while looking to get involved in a business-oriented role on campus. 

During the academic year, Tara has been a Senior Account Executive and Marketing and Strategy Specialist. In the summer of 2020, she co-led the Summer Research Committee ultimately resulting in the proposal that MDesk voted in support of in the Fall. Tara has loved her time working with everyone on Business and Edit and has made so many amazing friends. She is looking forward to getting to know more people within TMD and watching the organization grow.

As Business Manager, Tara hopes to bring the Daily towards a more prosperous financial situation through the development of a long-lasting strategy to keep The Daily afloat through the economic uncertainties of the pandemic and beyond. Another goal of hers is to continue to strengthen Edit-Business relations during the next year.
Tara is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Turkey and Ireland. She currently lives in New Jersey. In the upcoming summer of 2021, she will be a Summer Financial Analyst at American Express.

Tara is excited to see all of the amazing work that the Daily does this year, and hopes to be back in the Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building, at 420 Maynard Street, soon.

Claire Hao leading her team remotely in January 2021

When asked how she came to The Michigan Daily, LSA junior and Troy, MI native Claire Hao usually responds in one of two ways: 1) on a whim, and 2) because it was the one organization she knew she wanted to join. Both were true, because despite coming from a STEM-heavy background with no previous journalism experience, Claire was drawn to The Daily for its fearless commitment to seeking out truth. The summer after her freshman year, Claire worked as a research assistant in a psychology lab and for The Daily as a summer senior news editor. By the end of that summer, she had quit the lab and signed up for her first beat, with serious intentions to pursue journalism as a career.

During her time on the news section, Claire has been a campus life beat reporter and news editor, writing two investigations into policy violations by University fraternities and sororities. She has also closely followed student activism on campus and has covered numerous demonstrations, using her experience to lead the creation of a protest coverage protocol for The Daily in summer 2020.

As news editor, she spearheaded efforts to strengthen understanding with campus organizations, and as one of the first members on the Access and Inclusion committee, she co-wrote The Daily’s demographics report and helped create The Daily’s first journalistic sensitivity workshop for all staffers.

Stepping into her new role as Editor-in-Chief, Claire is well aware that the media landscape is in flux. In her tenure, she hopes to see this student newsroom lead the way in reimagining the future of journalism as a whole.

Claire’s vision is two-pronged. First, she will work to strengthen The Daily’s digital presence — made all the more important by the COVID-19 pandemic — ultimately positioning The Daily as an organization comfortable delivering important information and perspectives through a variety of mediums. She is looking forward to utilizing The Daily’s new website to meet this goal.

Second, she is incredibly excited to see Access & Inclusion designated as an official section. Throughout the year, she wants to expand its resources to conduct source audits, host community town halls, conduct regular staff workshops, build up robust professional development resources and invest in The Daily’s mission as a community-oriented organization.

Claire is from Troy, Mich., and is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics major. She interned remotely for the Chicago Tribune on the metro desk last summer, spending the majority of her time covering education. She will intern for Bloomberg Law this coming summer.

At the start of her freshman year, Lizzy Lawrence was on a mission to track down The Michigan Daily at Festifall. After a mass meeting and some terrifying trial stories, she joined the News section as a general reporter. The LSA student eventually became a community affairs and campus life reporter, working on breaking news and investigative pieces. In 2018, she broke a story with fellow reporter Julia Fanzeres exposing the University of Michigan's granting of tenure to a renowned voice professor even though it was aware of sexual misconduct accusations against him. 

Lizzy became Co-Managing News Editor in January 2019 and, now in her Junior year, took the helm as Editor in Chief. As EIC, she hopes to guide The Daily in building its digital presence by improving the website user experience and strengthening its social media strategy. She also wants to improve the student paper's relationships with the campus and Ann Arbor community by engaging them through campus events. Another item she's focusing on is making the Holly and John Madigan Newsroom as inclusive, fun and accessible a space as possible.

In the fall of 2020, she had a chance to visit the attic of the Stanford Lipsey Student Publications building one last time, shortly before the roof renovation project wrapped up, and she added the names of her staff leaders to those left behind by previous student leaders at the Daily. 

The summer after her freshman year, Lizzy worked on a podcast called "Stories From the Eastern West" in Warsaw, Poland for Polish culture media outlet culture.pl. Financial support from our Lubliner Career Enhancement Fund helped make this opportunity a reality for her. In the summer of 2019, she interned at USA Today on their breaking news desk. This past summer, she interned at Kaiser Health News in D.C.

Lizzy is from New York City, and majors in International Studies and Sociology. After graduation, she hopes to report on disparities in health and education. 

By Maya Goldman, Daily EIC for 2019
My term as 2019 EIC ended as they often do, with a raucous, hilarious final night of production. 
We couldn’t get up into the attic, although not for lack of trying (University maintenance declared it “off-limits” two years ago with a new secure latch). But we danced on the desks and played card games and enjoyed having all our friends in the newsroom together for one last night. 
I didn’t realize quite how lucky we were to have that night until the COVID-19 pandemic hit Michigan just a few months later. Although I’d gotten to complete my own term at The Daily, I watched anxiously as 2020 EIC Lizzy Lawrence and the rest of the staff scrambled to make a paper each day. I mourned the fact that I couldn’t spend time with my friends in our final semester on campus. I graduated this spring feeling like there was unfinished business — feeling unable to completely let go of college or The Daily. 
So when Kathy asked me in May if I wanted to go up into the attic before roof construction at 420 Maynard, the Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building, required it to be sealed off completely, I jumped at the chance. When I crawled up the ladder and onto those precarious beams, I found myself surrounded by the names of people I’d spent the last four years admiring, names going back several decades. I felt a sense of closure that I hadn’t been able to get my senior year. 
As I bent down to add my name to the planks, I wished my fellow Class of 2020 friends could have been with me to sign their own names, too. But I know we’re sealed in the history of The Daily in other ways, our names printed in black and white alongside everyone else who’s called our newsroom home. 
The words scrawled on ceiling beams by 2002 EIC Geoffrey Gagnon stayed with me as I started down that narrow ladder: “You wrote for the greatest college newspaper in the country — never forget what The Daily does and how much it means for you.” 
Pandemics arise, attics must be sealed, student journalists — and their traditions — come and go. But I like to think that The Daily will always be here: breaking news, chronicling history, and changing the lives of young journalists, year after year after year. 


-- See more photos of the attic of Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building, before the renovation, on our website!

Our Summer 2020 EIC Emma Stein joined the Daily on a whim her sophomore year looking for something else to do on campus. Now, as a rising senior, studying PoliSci and Program in the Environment, she realizes, “I probably spent more time in the newsroom than my own house last year.”
From being a shy ‘newsbie’ who sat silently in the corner when she came back to the Daily to write her first trial stories, “too afraid to talk to sources at events because they looked busy,” Emma says she has come a long way and has grown tremendously as a journalist, a collaborator, a leader, and as a person, thanks to her time at The Michigan Daily
This summer has been even more growth-inducing for Emma, who has been the editor in chief, running the paper from the comfort of her own home in Los Angeles ––  2,252 miles from campus. (But who’s counting?) While she desperately misses late nights in the Madigan newsroom, she’s glad she gets to continue the Daily’s mission of serving and informing the Ann Arbor community, especially during a summer like this. 
Emma is extremely proud of what the Daily has accomplished throughout COVID-19 restrictions. Each section of the paper has adapted seamlessly to working from home, and fearlessly tackled all areas of coronavirus coverage, the Black Lives Matter movement, and systemic racism.
During the academic year, she serves as a senior news editor for the administration and crime beats and enjoys covering protests, interviewing Schlissel, and accidentally texting University sources during special occasions (birthdays, holidays, weddings) and getting scolding responses. Emma is no longer afraid to bug people. In fact, she quite likes it. 

The 2018-2019 Pinnacles were awarded in Washington, D.C. Friday, Nov. 1st, at the annual College Media Association conference, and Student Publications brought home more honors than last year in the Four-Year Institutions category, despite a record number of entries!  SHEI took Second Place for Feature Magazine of the Year in the Organizational category. In the Individual category, The Michigan Daily’s sports staff received three First Place honors including Best Sports Columnist Laney Byler; Best Game Story: Ethan Sears; and Best Sports Section, plus an Honorable Mention for Best Sports Multimedia Story while the Daily’s design staff earned Third Place distinctions for Best Newspaper Front Page; Best Online Infographic; and an Honorable Mention for Best Newspaper Nameplate. Sammy Sussman took Third Place for  Best Investigative Story, and the Michiganensian Yearbook’s cover earned Third Place honors. Congratulations to all of the winners!  


It was a record-breaking year for total entries, with 446 organizational entries from 186 colleges and universities, and over 3,400 total individual category entries (800 more than 2017-2018) from 246 colleges and universities. 



Even before she got to the University of Michigan, Maya Goldman knew she wanted to join The Michigan Daily - and three years later, she’s our Editor in Chief for 2019! Though she didn’t have any formal journalism experience before college, she’d always been interested and had heard from friends that the Daily would be a great place to find a smaller community on such a big campus. She went to the first mass meeting in September of her freshman year, and before long, she was spending more hours at the Daily than not.


Since then, Maya has worked as a news reporter on the academics and Ann Arbor beats, as an assistant news editor, and as as senior news editor advising the academics and research beats. She also worked on the inaugural podcast team as a producer and host.  


Maya became the Editor in Chief in January 2019 with the intention to grow the Daily’s presence and brand on campus, continue to produce investigative and accountability journalism, and facilitate a community at the paper that is hospitable and accessible to people of all identities and from all corners of campus.


After a full semester, she was happy to note that the staff is making good progress on these goals. An updated version of the mobile app recently launched, and a system for push notifications will be implemented in September.


Collaborations with other student and community organizations have highlighted the Daily’s presence on campus, and public events in the Holly & John Madigan Newsroom have helped increase transparency - events like debates for campus elections, and a music performance something like NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert."


An investigative team was created within the news section, and new protocols for covering breaking news have been put in place. The newsroom now uses Slack to facilitate easier communication, and the Access & Inclusion Chairs have planned and run multiple training and diversity workshops for editors.


This is the first year that the newspaper has been able to utilize the Lipinski Journalism Fund to increase professional development and bring more alumni and professional journalists into the newsroom, and Maya is excited to watch that begin to happen.


Maya hails from the metro-Detroit area — she grew up in Farmington Hills, Mich., and her family now lives in Bloomfield Hills. At the University, she is majoring in anthropology and minoring in writing. Outside of the Daily, Maya interned with Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor last summer and worked there through the fall semester as a newsroom intern, covering general assignment news stories. This summer, she's interning to the D.C. area, at Bloomberg BNA.

Finn Storer, Managing Editor of The Michigan Daily, is a junior studying Public Policy at the Ford School at U-M and is also involved in the Michigan Active Citizen-Alternative Spring Break program. In 2018, Finn served as Copy Chief, earning him the 2018  Nancy Bylan Bratman Copy Editing Award.
"The copy editors are the unsung heroes of this paper,” Storer said. “We have to nitpick and fact check and critique every little detail. It was a steep learning curve, but I came away with a super-detailed mindset.”
As Copy Chief, he spent hours in the newsroom late into the night. "But seeing a paper the following day made it worth it,” Storer said. “The Bratman award was icing on the cake. I felt my efforts had been recognized, because as a copy editor, it’s tough to see your accomplishments when you don’t create content like other sections. I’m so thankful to have received such an honor.”
Finn says The Daily has become his favorite place on campus, something he highlighted in his confirmation meeting for Managing Editor.
“It probably sounded a bit cheesy during the moment, but when I was being confirmed as Managing Editor, I said I felt my spirits instantly lifted when I come toThe Daily,” Storer said. “Here, I feel myself creating a tangible thing every single night, and I’m doing it with my friends. You can’t ask for more.”
Carly Ryan is a junior at the University of Michigan studying in the Ford School of Public Policy, and she's been with The Michigan Daily since freshman year. She is currently a senior news editor. In 2019, she takes over as a co-managing editor of the Michigan in Color section. Carly's work has been on the government beat, where she covered the recent midterm elections
"The Michigan in Color section's goal is to uplift voices of people of color in the campus where they aren't usually given a platform or voice," Carly says. "These pieces aren't necessarily about their identity, but more about anything that people of color might be thinking about or interested in..."
Carly credits The Daily with helping secure her internship with the National Immigration Forum. "A lot of the work I had to do dealt with the press and just subtle things like...knowing how to talk with reporters," she says, "definitely strengthened my ability to operate there."
"As a senior news editor, I feel I've really strengthened my managerial skills and my people skills. I was a reporter for two years, but as a senior news editor, I really get to work one-on-one with people and I know way more about the aspects that go into making a paper at the end of the night."

The College Media Association held its Pinnacle Award ceremony at the annual ACP/CMA conference on the weekend of Oct. 25-28th, 2018 and The Michigan Daily took home an armful of trophies - the first time they have applied to this competition. They garnered two 1st Place awards (Best Sports Game by Story by Mike Persak, co-managing sports editor, which included some phenomenal photography by Katelyn Mulcahy, co-managing editor for the photo desk, & Best Sports Investigative Story by Hunter Sharf); 2nd Place for Best Sports Columnist - Betelhem Ashame, co-MSE; 3rd Place Best Newspaper Sports Page/Spread by Jack Silberman; two Honorable Mentions (Best Sports Section, & Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread for UM's Bicentennial issue cover designed by Michelle Phillips.) Congratulations to our top-notch team! Over 2600 total individual category entries were submitted from 320 colleges and universities, so the competition was tough.

Congratulations to Orion Sang, 2018 winner of the Ray O'Hara Sports Writing Award
The Scholarship & Awards Celebration was a heart-warming day to applaud student acheivements while celebrating all that our generous supporters do to help make it possible. Enjoy photos from the event on our website. The presentation was also captured on Facebook Live video, which you can view here.
We welcomed a special guest: John Madigan, a U-M alum (BBA '58 and MBA '59) and former publisher of The Chicago Tribune who sponsored The Holly and John Madigan Newsroom, the central hub of The Michigan Daily named in his and his wife's honor. His family also sponsors the Madigan Scholarship Fund at Student Publications, which supports almost one-third of all of our work-study students. 
Board Chair and our emcee for the day, Neil Chase, introduced some of the stories of legendary alumni whose names and passion for their work at Student Publications live on in merit awards and need-based scholarships in their honor, including the newest: The Rick Freeman Memorial Merit Award.
Established this fall by Rick's wife Aino Wheler, and two former TMD colleagues, Jennifer Yachnin and Jon Schwartz, in memory of a Daily sports writer & managing editor who passed away in August, this award recognizes member of the Daily staff "who can demonstrate an enthusiasm for news-gathering, friendship or life in general." The inaugural award-winner is Alexa St. John, the 2018 editor-in-chief. Congratulations, Alexa!
In all, $95,000 was awarded to 33 scholarship and merit award winners, and 15 work-study students. For more spotlights on our award-winning students, see below or visit us on the webTwitter, or Facebook!
We can't do this important work without you, so thank you! If you would like to join our supporters, honor an alum, or add to your gift, please go online and contribute today. Help hard-working, deserving students have a chance to contribute to our publications. There is no better way to prepare for a successful future, as so many of you know first-hand.


The prestigious Stanford Lipsey Journalism Awards are sponsored by a late alumni photographer of The Michigan Dail and the Michiganensian Yearbook, and his wife Judi. In addition, an endowment fund Stan and Judi created over a decade ago was able to award approximately ten scholarships this year. 
  • The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting goes to RIYAH BASHA, Co-Managing News Editor, for 
  • The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Public Service Reporting goes to NISA KHAN and JENNIFER MEER, MiC Senior Editor and Deputy Statement Editor respectively, for
  • The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Photographic or Multimedia Storytelling goes to BOB LESSER and JORDAN WOLFF, on the web team, for their work on The Michigan Daily app (iOS) as well as the popular "Grade Guide." 
The Michigan Daily Business Person of the Year Award was created and funded by former Daily Business Manager Kirby Voigtman, who also sponsored the naming of the Voigtman Family Conference Room.
  • The Michigan Daily Business Person of the Year Award goes to ABBY AUSTIN, a junior studying Business who worked as a Daily Business staff Development Intern and recruiter.

  • The SHEI Outstanding Service Award was presented to MACKENZIE KING, a junior Art & Design major who served as the Digital Photo Editor of SHEI, and next year will be their Print Photo Editor.

  • The Michiganensian Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award goes to CLAIRE BARTOSIC, a senior double majoring in Art History & Anthropology, was the Ensian Editor-in-Chief. 

  • The Kavi Shehkar Pandey Arts Writer Scholarship was earned by DAYTON HARE, a junior Music Composition & English Lit major who is Managing Arts Editor of the Daily. He also won a Michigan Daily Honors Scholarship, funded by Daily alum Sara Fitzgerald, who marshalls the Alumni Committee when they are called in to action.

  • The Nancy Bylan Bratman Copy Editing Award goes to FINN STORER, a junior in Public Policy who is the Daily copy chief for 2018. The award was established in memory of Nancy, a reporter and Associate Editor from 1948-51, and it recognizes a staff member who has exhibitied a high level of attention to detail and grammatical precision. 

  • The Brentlinger Award for Business or Editorial Writing was earned by JASON ROWLAND, for the second year in a row! Jason is a senior, studying Organizational Studies with a minor in Writing. He is our Michigan in Color section Co-Managing Editor. 

  • The Ray O'Hara Award for Sports Writing goes to ORION SANG, a senior of Public Policy who served as Daily Co-Managing Sports Editor this year. Ray O'Hara was a Daily sports staffer, and a friend of Alan Broad, who currently serves on the Board of Student Publications and created this fund in Ray's memory.

  • The Naweed Sikora Award -- established in memory of a passionate sports writer by his Managing Sports Editor, Brady McCollough -- goes to LUCAS MAIMAN, a junior of Public Policy & English who served as Daily Co-Managing Sports Editor this year.

“I went into this role wanting to make a positive difference in three areas -- digital media, diversity and business,” says Alexa St. John, the Daily's current editor-in-chief, who is a junior studying Communications and minoring in the Program in the Environment at UM. “Now, almost halfway into my tenure, I can say I’ve made progress to transform the environment of The Michigan Daily to be more conducive to a digital shift, positive and inclusive of an internal climate and intentionality in reporting, and innovative when it comes to news media and monetization.”

By doing so, Alexa notes, “I’ve helped The Daily make an impact at the University of Michigan, giving back to those who helped me get to where I am, presenting our student newspaper as an avenue for all stories on campus—not just the loudest ones—and showing that our work, and the work of the news media as a whole does matter.

“In terms of inclusion, I’ve dedicated myself and my college career to the pursuit of truth and comprehensive storytelling through my work at The Michigan Daily, and I’ve also seen the significance of diversifying reporters, talent and skill sets. I made it a priority to establish a specific beat last year, plus an accompanying series of training sessions, around learning the necessity to co-exist in a diverse and equitable environment. Our beat, “Community Affairs,” takes special care to dive deeper into issues that affect members of our University community, which been addressed before. Without diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, geographic background and more, there will always be narratives and stories of underrepresented and marginalized communities that are inadequately treated, and thus fosters a mistrust for the news media. I’ve helped get the photo section and, podcast section, new equipment to expand their staff and quality of content (until this year, our podcast team has gone to North Campus to tape their shows). We’ve started a partnership with Daily alum Roger Rapoport for our news section’s coverage of the Larry Nassar trial. Thanks to support from our Daily Program Fund, we sent the Michigan in Color editors to Washington, D.C. for a trip over spring break to explore the history of people of color in our nation’s capital.

“Moving forward, I hope to further explore unique avenues online for monetization and increased digitization. But these things aren’t going to be my individual successes; they will be the successes of The Michigan Daily as a whole, and I am looking forward to continuing my work with such a talented group of managing editors throughout the next year and beyond.”

She joined The Daily during her freshman year and quickly advanced to a research beat reporter and assistant news editor, writing about biotech, social science research and drug policy. “Ideally, I am interested in covering health care and innovations in medicine in the future. But, I enjoyed a lot of my work with breaking news all over campus, as well. I also spent last year as Managing News Editor, and have worked on recruitment and spearheaded our special bicentennial issue last September. “ Last summer, Alexa enjoyed an internship at Local 4/WDIV, and this summer she’ll work as an editorial intern at Automotive News.  

We’re proud of her work at the helm of The Michigan Daily, and can’t wait to see what she tackles during her final semester as EIC next fall! Make plans to meet Alexa and many of her team members at our upcoming Tailgate Party here on Saturday, Sept. 22nd! 

"I’m not sure what attracted me to The Daily. I avidly consumed news growing up and enjoyed writing, but my high school didn’t have a school newspaper or any formal training. I saw The Daily on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” the summer before my freshman year and it seemed like the place to be — embarrassingly, I DM’d The Daily’s Twitter account, asking how to apply.

"Now as I’m ending my term as EIC and graduating with intentions to go into journalism, it’s difficult to put into words what this place has meant to me. Most succinctly, The Daily has provided me with opportunities for growth. It’s forced me into situations—good and bad—I never imagined. Covering Obama my freshman year for the first time was life changing. I spent the day before stressing over what to wear and prewriting; as a young girl in northern Michigan, I thought the idea of meeting a president was ridiculous; I couldn’t believe it. I went on to cover him twice more, to cover all the candidates in the 2016 election, a debate and countless other political rallies.

"It’s the absolute thrill of these nights that make you remember why you spend all your time and energy at 420 Maynard St. It’s the weekend I drove to the Iowa caucuses, leaving at 5 a.m. to cover rallies that day, spending a night and leaving at midnight after results came in, driving through a blizzard back. It’s the day before the election when I covered Obama speaking on campus in the morning, and that night with the final Trump rally three hours away, receiving press credentials at the last minute. If I left then by myself, I could cover it. So I did, and ran out of gas, called a tow truck, continued on, covered the rally and made it back to cover election day the next morning. It’s the weekend I took a bus with U-M protesters to cover the Women’s March in Washington. It’s the month I spent reporting on a story on mental health at the University that created a real impact on campus and in the lives of people I love - and earned a Stanford Lipsey Merit Award for me. I’ll remember these times as some of the most stressful of my life with some of the most idiotic decisions I’ve made, but they were also the most exhilarating. Journalists are supposed to be hungry, and with every opportunity The Daily fed me, I found myself hungrier. It provided me with a purpose and a community.

Becoming EIC changes your perspective. It’s no longer about me and the pursuit of a story and the thrill of personal opportunities, it becomes instead about maintaining The Daily overall, ensuring our legacy lives on, and I’m opening up as many opportunities for writers as I possibly can. This year we sent writers to Cannes Film Festival, covered every protest and game. We launched two podcasts — The Daily Weekly and The Sit Down, as well as a beta version of our app (which will officially launch soon), formed an analytics team, and began the redesign of our website. Other highlights included partnering with Axios to hold an event on the future of journalism, and an opportunity to reflect back on our decades of history with alumni during a successful Fall 2017 Reunion. I’m so excited to see where The Daily goes next! After graduation I will be working for Bloomberg News and I have my experiences at The Daily to thank for that."

Photo by: Allison Farrand
Shoham Geva: 2016 EIC

I joined The Michigan Daily a few weeks into my freshman year, mostly on a whim:

I wasn’t on my high school newspaper, and I thought I wanted to go into business, so it didn’t make much sense. But like so many other people, something kept drawing me back, which is both the genius and the curse of this place. In part, it was the challenge. The Daily has a time-honored tradition of throwing you directly into the deep end if you’re willing. This pushed me way outside of my comfort zone, starting the summer I found myself running the news section after my freshman year, all the way through my serving as the 2016 editor in chief. It was also just how cool our work can be. From covering the State of the State as a freshman, to talking to voters and covering candidates during the past two elections, the Daily has let me witness and chronicle history.

And I was also drawn by the community. I’ve always wanted to be at the Daily because of the people around me at 2am, production after production, who encouraged me to to come back the next night; who asked me questions about who I wanted to be and what we wanted to build; who are the best examples of commitment I’ve ever seen -- and who never said no to newsroom scooter races and not doing our homework.

I ran for EIC because I never seemed to run out of those reasons to stick around — the challenge, the work, the people — and I wanted to help move that forward. We covered campus during a tumultuous and impactful time that I hope we did justice.  The job is an indescribable experience, but it’s truly incredible the amount of work full-time students commit to this publication, as well as the people that trust us to help give them voice — and what results from that, whether it was national attention on our work or scrutiny on local officials.

Explaining my time at the Daily, especially my EIC year, to pretty much any non-Daily person usually ends in a wide-eyed stare, and then the questions: You spent how much time there? Didn’t you miss out on seeing friends, on going out? When did you do homework? (A lot, and yes and 5am). And then they’ll usually ask whether it was worth it, which doesn’t have as easy an answer. I’m going into the public sector after graduation, not journalism, which I’ve known I wanted for several years, and I’ve pursued (nonpartisan) work each summer to that effect.

But my school years have always been all about the Daily, because this place has taught me what a leader looks like and what it really means to be a part of something bigger than yourself, and that alone would make it worth it. A former EIC perhaps put it best: “It's strangely comforting to know that the best job you'll ever have you had when you were 20 years old.”

Michigan Daily Photo Staff
Stamps School of Art & Design
​Class of 2016

Faces of Fes This summer, I lived in the city of Fes, Morocco for seven weeks to study Arabic at a local language institute. As my first time leaving the country, I traveled to the city alone, knowing no one and not knowing whether my tuition money had even been received. I took a leap of faith into my surroundings. After a day of panicked culture shock, feeling horribly alone and out of place without being able to communicate with anyone, I realized I had made the best decision of my life. Throughout all of the hardship and daily struggles, I grew to love the city that straddled the old and new world. We lived in the old Medina, a maze of crumbling walls, bustling shops, and tiny alleys. It is the largest area in the world without cars, and once entering it is almost impossible not to become lost. You must be constantly on guard, watching not to step on a stray cat and listening for the men who would yell “Balak!” as a warning for an oncoming donkey or cart. In the midst of the chaos, I attempted to photograph the colors and beauty of Fes’s walls and people. Throughout my stay, I was constantly overcome by Morocco’s hospitality. Despite my obvious status as an outsider, I found myself welcomed into the lives of the people I met without question. I will miss saying “La Bas” to the milkman or laughing with my host family as I struggled to understand the evening TV show. Thank you Morocco for teaching me so much about myself and the world. I can’t wait to return one day.

Student-Run Publications

The Michigan Daily The Michigan Daily, the campus newspaper of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, published its first issue on Sept. 29, 1890. The student-run paper is published Monday through Friday during the fall and winter terms. During the spring and summer terms, it is published weekly. The newspaper, which is financially independent from the University, is based in the recently renovated Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard St. in Ann Arbor. The renovations, made possible by a gift from alum and Buffalo News publisher Stanford Lipsey, updated the building by adding handicap access, air-conditioning and other amenities while retaining its historic features. The Daily covers the University's campus, administration, sports teams, faculty and culture as well as the town of Ann Arbor and other topics that affect the lives of students. Alumni include playwright Arthur Miller, two-time presidential candidate Thomas Dewey, activist Tom Hayden and investment banker Bruce Wasserstein. Its former editors, reporters, photographers, business staff members and other alumni have gone on to work at publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, The Associated Press and countless other media outlets.

The Michiganensian The Michiganensian is the yearbook of the University of Michigan. It has been published yearly at the University for 114 years. The book not only depicts over 5,000 undergraduate students, but also documents campus activities, student organizations, dorm life, and the most important projects campus-wide.

The Gargoyle The Gargoyle is the University of Michigan's official humor magazine. It currently prints three issues each school year and is distributed for free throughout Ann Arbor and the Michigan campus. The magazine is composed of a variety of articles, ranging from short fiction to interviews to satire, as well as art and cartoons.

Shei Magazine Shei Magazine, a fashion, arts and culture publication on campus, managed entirely by talented student journalists, photographers, stylists, graphic designers, and business people joined Student Publications in July of 2014, but have been on campus for nearly 20 years!  Their twice annual print edition is an 85-page glossy in which photo spreads and articles explore a central theme. They maintain an active blog and website, raise funds for charities and aspire to bring the latest designs, extraordinary artists, and amazing ideas from across the globe.