Daily Iowan staffer documents her unplanned pregnancy and adoption process


Letter to Romenesko

From SAM LANE, managing editor, The Daily Iowan: I wanted to reach out today regarding a special project we just completed at The Daily Iowan.

One of our photographers, Callie Mitchell, documented her journey through an unplanned pregnancy and the process of putting her baby up for adoption. She took most of the photos herself, which we think makes the story all that much more incredible. She had some assistance from photo editor Rachel Jessen, who took photos in the delivery room.

We devoted an unusually large amount of space in our paper today due to the unprecedented access and a look into a journey many wouldn’t even consider discussing, let alone publishing a story and photos. The story is set up as a series of diary entries. Throughout the online version, we’ve placed three multimedia pieces, a photo slide show, some statistics and graphs, and a link to the Daily Iowan TV interview with Callie. Our design editor Haley Nelson laid out the page. Photo editor Adam Wesley, projects editor Dora Grote, and Editor-in-Chief Emily Busse all played large roles in the project.

Here’s the link to the online version.