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Editor-in-Chief Sage Smith is a junior in journalism and mass communications with a women's and gender studies minor.

“Mom, can you pick me up? I’m scared.”

Returning to campus during a pandemic is eerily similar to that classic movie scene of someone wanting to go home because of the risks in their current situation.

But this is now our real-life scenario, and it could be a matter of life and death for some of us.

This is an unpredictable time for everyone, including myself, the editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily for the 2020-21 academic year.

Like most of you, I’m worried about in-person classes, parties and more with the risk of COVID-19. The pandemic is certainly not over and should still be a huge concern of the Iowa State and Ames communities.

My top priority this year is to serve these communities with the news they want, need and deserve.

The Iowa State Daily no longer has a print product, but we’re still here for you. We are creating high-quality content that is distributed on our various digital platforms.

We strive to cover important events and movements while also providing in-depth profiles and entertaining feature stories.

Another priority of mine is to create and strengthen relationships with individuals and groups around campus and Ames. I am always searching for communication with anyone and everyone for feedback on how we can not only improve our content, but also how to be more mindful of the identities of the people we serve.

We at the Iowa State Daily value the voices and perspectives of everyone and want to continuously improve for those who belong to the communities of the university and Ames.

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As you navigate your first week back to classes, remember to be considerate of the health and safety of yourself and others. Wear a face covering at all possible times — find ones that match your own personal style — practice social distancing and avoid large crowds.

Feel free to reach out to me individually — sage.smith@iowastatedaily.com — I’d love to virtually meet with you for a conversation about our content and how we can improve our news process for you and the communities to which you belong.

Despite the chaos around us, I’m so excited for this year and thankful I have the opportunity to lead such wonderful student journalists who are devoted to their work and all of you.

Good luck Cyclones.

Stay safe.

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Steve Gregg

The best thing you can do to improve the Daily is to balance it politically. The Daily has been a lefty propaganda rag for over over fifty years. Instead of hiring only liberal writers and editors, hire half conservative.

You won’t do that, will you? The last thing you want to do is to give away your media to conservatives. You will want to keep the Daily a lefty rag, like all the Daily editors before you. And, bit by bit, the credibility of the Daily will continue to decline.

Steve Gregg

Perhaps another thing that the editor of the Iowa State Daily could do is to cover the news at Iowa State, like English professor Chloe Clark threatening students in her syllabus to toss them out of her class if they don’t support her liberal positions, like BLM, gay marriage, abortion, et al.

The story is getting covered outside of Iowa State. You’d think that such an extreme example of a professor abusing her position to indoctrinate her students would get some play in the Iowa State Daily. After all, Iowa State theoretically is a university where students are taught how to think, not what to think like some Communist indoctrination camp. Here’s a professor who literally will kick you out of her class for wrong think. Shouldn’t she be fired? Shouldn’t her threats merit some mention in the Daily? Or are you covering for her and burying the story?

https://lidblog.com/iowa-state-english-professor/

Steve Gregg

Here’s the headline in the New York Post:

Iowa State professor forced to change syllabus after banning criticism of BLM

https://nypost.com/2020/08/19/iowa-state-professor-forced-to-change-syllabus-after-banning-criticism-of-blm/

Here’s the headline in the Washington Times:

Iowa State Professor bans arguments against Black Lives Matter, abortion

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/aug/19/chloe-clark-iowa-state-professor-bans-arguments-ag/

Here’s the headline at Fox News:

Iowa State professor threatens to dismiss students who oppose abortion, Black Lives Matter

https://www.foxnews.com/us/iowa-state-professor-black-lives-matter-abortion

Here’s the headline in Newsweek:

Iowa State Forces Professor to Lift Ban no Criticism of Black Lives Matter

https://www.newsweek.com/iowa-state-forces-professor-lift-ban-criticism-black-lives-matter-1526032

Here’s the headline in WHO radio:

Iowa State Professor Taking Heat For Controversial Syllabus

https://whoradio.iheart.com/content/2020-08-19-iowa-state-professor-taking-heat-for-controversial-syllabus/

Where is the headline in the Iowa State Daily? The loony lefty editors at the Daily are not covering this scandal because they sympathize with Comrade Professor Chloe Clark suppressing conservative wrong think. They want to make Iowa State one big re-education camp that cranks out lefty ideologues, not critical thinkers.

Brian Mcdonough

Wow, Sage, you bothered Steve Gregg from August 17 at 8:50 to August 19 at 12:00!!! LOL!!!

ISU Daily, please do continue early and often to arouse the animosity of Steve Gregg with articles like this. It truly is a journalistic joy that you Iowans so easily can taunt and trigger the pathological petulance of his distemper at your midwest betrayal. It is a gift that Steve keeps on giving: when he rabidly exposes in writing his daily displays of the virulent acrimony of his mind. So sweet, ISU Daily, so seriously sweet.

Brian Mcdonough

Interesting second comment to the writer "Gracie", Steve, in her other article. You finally are beginning to appreciate how purely pathetic you truly are. Already sent my email to Gracie about you days ago. No need to explain. I already did. Take the 4 tests online, Steve. Be honest with your answers. You "possibly" may appreciate that you have no "free choice" and no "logic". You are hard wired to be YOU: A Libertarian with no free will - LOL!!!

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